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History Overview

In History, pupils are taught in chronological order and cover an array of cultures, historical events, and significant people across periods of time. We teach activities where pupils will develop a lively curiosity, a sense of chronology and an awareness of the past and develop a knowledge of primary and secondary sources. Historical skills are taught throughout each unit and progress as the children move up through the school. Embedded in each unit is a sense of historical enquiry, grounding knowledge learnt in different contexts and understanding historical concepts such as invasion, empire, and society.


Each unit is encompassed in a Big Question about a period of time that children work to answer throughout the unit. Pupils begin each unit being introduced to the period and then explore the chronology and geographical context of the period, compare, and contrast various sources, conduct historical enquiry into a significant individual or event which culminates into them answering the Big Question. From our work making our curriculum more diverse, we also learn about specific people across History that is relatable to our own school’s demographic as well as looking at points in time that are linked to our locality such as the Southall Uprisings.

History at Havelock

Havelock pupils gave many examples of how they learn about their rights during topic work and assemblies. Curriculum plans also make explicit reference to articles.’ 

UNICEF Gold award 2019


At Havelock Primary School, we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically. 


We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become historians: 

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past; 
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences; 
  • The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources; 
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry; 
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning; 
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics; 
  • A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways. 

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History Year Group Overviews