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History is taught through historical topics that begin with our own local area, British History and World History.  Each topic has built in progressional skills focussing on:

  1. Chronological understanding

  2. Making connections in world history

  3. Historical communication

  4. Investigating and interpreting evidence


Chronological understanding

Historical topics have been planned to ensure that they are taught chronologically, beginning with Early Britain in Year 3 up to 20th century Britain in Year 6.


In addition to this, we have included some non-curriculum historical topics such as the Middle Ages and the Tudors and Stewarts, which will be covered during continuous provision and whole class reading sessions.


Each class has a British history folder divided into each of the historical period they will cover during their time at Pinfold Street Primary School. This aim of this is to further enhance the pupils’ understanding of the chronology of British history. As a school, we understand that developing pupils understanding of chronology is important with regard to understanding the causation and significance of historical events. Moreover, it helps pupils to recognise continuity and change when comparing different historical periods. 


Making connections in world history

When planning history lessons, we cover specific themes including; Faces; Places and Events; Beliefs; Conflicts; Innovations and Structures and Buildings.


These themes are displayed in each classroom and are referred to during history lessons. As a result, pupils are encouraged to make connections between the different historical periods they have learnt about.


Historical communication

Children are given the opportunity to make their own judgements and explain the significance of historical events. They present their findings in a variety of ways including creating factsheets, leaflets and reports.


Investigating and interpreting evidence

Pupils are taught about the difference between primary and secondary sources and are given a range of opportunities to use these to make judgements about historical events. Pupils evaluate both primary and secondary sources on the basis of their origin, reliability and validity (from KS2).


  • Visit in the local area including War Memorial Gardens

  • Year 4 residential to Jorvik Viking Centre, York

  • Visit from local historian about Darlaston

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