History at Hermitage Primary School

Subject Leader Mrs S Irwin

"The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future"

Theodore Roosevelt

The National Curriculum tells us...

'A high quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils' curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people's lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.'

Key Stage One

  • Children learn about other people's lives including the study of significant men, women and children from the recent past as well as more distant past.
  • Children listen and respond to stories and use a variety of sources of information to help them to ask and answer questions.
  • Children learn to compare and contrast how the past is different from the present.
  • Children are taught skills to develop chronology so that they can begin to place events and objects in time sequence. They learn to acquire and use appropriate vocabulary associated with the passing of time.
  • Children are taught to recognise why people did things, the reasons for certain events and they explore what may have happened as a result of these events.
  • Children are able to learn about the past from a wide variety of historical sources.

Key Stage Two

  • Children study history units to learn about significant people, events and places locally, in Britain and the wider world.
  • They continue to develop chronologically secure knowledge as they study units from the Stone Age to 20th Century World Wars.
  • Children are taught to begin to make connections, observe contrasts and trends over time and develop historical vocabulary to explain their ideas.
  • Children develop their ability to raise questions about change, cause, similarity, difference and significance.
  • They learn that a wide variety of sources contributes to our knowledge of historical information.
  • Children learn to communicate their understanding through careful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.


When studying history, we encourage children to raise questions and seek information from a variety of sources including books, artefacts and documents from the Resources Library and recommended websites on the internet. We also encourage visitors to school including grand-parents of pupils to talk about life when they were young and to answer the many questions our pupils have. We take our classes to museums and Living History days; for example at Tatton Old Hall and the Grosvenor Museum in Chester.

Whenever possible, historical skills are reinforced through links with other subjects. For example, making canopic jars with clay in art and design or writing a recount of an event from the viewpoint of a significant person, E.g. Samuel Pepys and The Great Fire of London.

"If you don't know history, then you don't know anything.

You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."

Michael Chrichton

Our History study units can be found on our History Curriculum Map using the link below.



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