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Our Curriculum Aims

Our History curriculum aims to:

  • Stimulate the children’s interest, knowledge and understanding of significant events and the lives of people who lived in the past.
  • Teach children to think as historians e.g. investigating the past by examining historical artefacts and primary sources.
  • Help children understand that historical events and primary sources can be interpreted in different ways.
  • Develop the skills of enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
  • Help pupils to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history.
  • Develop a broad and long lasting knowledge of historical vocabulary.

Rationale for our Curriculum Design

The following areas were considered when designing our History curriculum:

  • Planning reflects the heritage of Uxbridge and the cohort of our school with a strong emphasis on local history.
  • The curriculum has an enquiry approach including the use of a range of artefacts and primary sources.
  • Topics are taught using a chronological approach. They are taught in order (but there are also topics that span different time periods e.g. ‘Crime and Punishment’).
  • It is accessible to pupils of all backgrounds and abilities and enables them to make progress.
  • Cross-curricular links are meaningful and are used to promote the study of history.
  • Pupils have opportunities to develop their Basic Skills.
  • The taught curriculum is enhanced by a range of enrichment opportunities - including trips every term (see Curriculum Overviews for details).
  • Curriculum design reflects current research e.g. progression of knowledge and skills.
  • Opportunities are identified to teach morality, respect and equal opportunities.
  • There is a focus on pupils retaining key knowledge. Topics build on previous learning and activities are planned for consolidation.
  • Pupils develop a broad and long lasting knowledge of historical vocabulary.

Please click on the link (below) for our full History Policy:

History Curriculum Map

Primary History National Curriculum

History Policy


Other Useful Links


Local Historical Places of Interest

You may wish to visit the following places with your child-

  • Year 1: House on the Hill Toy Museum (Stansted), Uxbridge Library - Floor 6 (toy collection) and the National Maritime Museum (Greenwich).
  • Year 2: The Great Fire of London Monument (London).
  • Year 3: Chiltern Open Air Museum (Iron Age roundhouse).
  • Year 4: The British Museum (Egyptians) and Verulamium Roman Museum (St. Albans).
  • Year 5: Sutton Hoo (Suffolk) and the British Museum (Sutton Hoo artefacts).
  • Year 6: Battle of Britain Bunker (Uxbridge), Uxbridge War Memorial and the Imperial War Museum (London).