The Importance of History

History fires pupils' curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world.  Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people's actions.  As they do this, pupils develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people.  They see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society.  What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.  In  history, pupils find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions.  To do this they need to be able to research, sift through evidence, and argue for their point of view - skills that are prized in adult life.


History is taught through a series designed to develop children's understanding of chronology and to help them gain empathy with the people who lived in the past.

  • Local history study
  • British history overview
  • Britain and the wider world in Tudor times
  • Victorian Britain or Britain since 1930
  • Ancient civilisation
  • World history