New Bolsover Primary School

New Bolsover Primary School

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  1. Curriculum
  2. History




We aim to inspire pupils to be curious and creative thinkers who develop a complex knowledge of local and national history and the history of the wider world. We want pupils to develop the confidence to think critically, ask questions, and be able to explain and
analyse historical evidence.

We aim to build an awareness of significant events and individuals in global, British and local history and recognise how things have changed over time.

History will support children to appreciate the complexity of people’s lives, the diversity of societies and the
relationships between different groups. Studying History allows children to appreciate the many reasons why people may behave in the way they do, supporting children to develop empathy for others while providing an opportunity to learn from mankind’s past mistakes.

We aim to support pupils in building their understanding of chronology in each year group, making connections over periods of time and developing a chronologically-secure knowledge of History.

We hope to develop pupils’ understanding of how historians study the past and construct accounts and the skills to carry out their own historical enquiries.

We introduce them to key substantive concepts including power, invasion, settlement and migration, empire, civilisation, religion, trade, achievements of humankind, society and culture.

Kapow Primary’s History scheme of work enables pupils to meet the end of Key stage attainment targets in the National curriculum and the aims also align with those set out in the National curriculum. For EYFS, the activities allow pupils to work towards the Understanding the world Development matters statements and Early learning goals, while also covering foundational knowledge that will support them in their further history learning in Key stage 1.

Wherever possible classes are encouraged to make these lessons active and hands on as children statistically take in more of their learning when they are submerged in the time period as opposed to being told about it. This year classes have been working on creating memorable moments: this could include trips, dress up days, visitors, outdoor lessons or any wow moment which will grip the children in their learning on the topic





Producing creative/active lessons

Use of Kapow scheme of Work.

Collaborative planning to maximise ideas and knowledge base.

Children challenged through questions, discussion and debates about life in the past.

Children given ‘Real life’ snippets of the past through exploration of time periods or events in history.

There are two EYFS units focused on each of the history-related Development matters statements. These units consist of a mixture of adult-led and child-initiated activities, which are selected by the teacher to fit in with Reception class themes or topics. In Key stage 1 and 2, units are organised around an enquiry-based question and children are encouraged to follow the enquiry cycle (Question, Investigate, Interpret, Evaluate and conclude, Communicate) when answering historical questions.


Children can experience the past.

Children use passion and excitement to help them achieve their potential in History.

Children are motivated to discover more beyond the curriculum.

Children retain information (sticky knowledge) and can compare between periods of history and today.

Know and understand the history of Britain, how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.

Develop an understanding of the history of the wider world, including ancient civilisations, empires, non-European societies and the achievements of mankind.

Have an appreciation for significant individuals, inventions and events that impact our world both in history and from the present day.

Understand how historians learn about the past and construct accounts.