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History at Reculver C of E Primary School


The teaching and learning of History at Reculver Primary School aims to support children in understanding, enjoying and appreciating the diverse and multi-cultural world that we live in today, celebrating the ways in which these cultures were formed. We aim to develop children’s knowledge and skills in describing, explaining, investigating and critically questioning the past on their journey to understanding the impact historical events have had on our existence. This will be achieved through high quality teaching and the opportunity to experience engaging trips or visits, enriching our pupils’ learning in line with our Cornerstones Curriculum, from EYFS to Year 6.

Each year group has selected units of work, which provide the children with a broad and balanced curriculum ranging from a study of dinosaurs in KS1, the Vikings in Years 3 and 4 to the complexities of WW1 and 2 in Upper KS2.  Furthermore, the children explore the history of our local area, studying Amy Johnson in KS1 and the importance of Reculver Towers and Barnes Wallace in EYFS and KS2.  Teaching the significance of key buildings and events that have taken place on our doorstep.

We also believe in the importance of providing opportunities to learn about historical figures and events beyond the planned lesson content for each Year Group.  Theme days are enjoyed throughout the year as well as whole school projects for example Black History Month.

Whilst at Reculver, and in line with the National Curriculum, pupils will:

  • Learn how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • Investigate abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed History – key stages 1 and 2
  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6


Me and My Community – The chronology of life

Starry Night – Significant Individual (Neil Armstrong)

Big Wide World – Significant Individual (Charles Darwin)

Once Upon a Time – Clothes from the Past, Monarchy (Kings and Queens)

Let’s Explore – Local Study -Past and Present, Significant Individuals (famous explorers – Marco Polo, Amelia Earhart, Matthew Henson and Jeanne Baret)

Year 1

Dinosaur Planet – Events beyond living memory (Mary anning)

Moon Zoom - Significant people – Astronauts; Changes within living memory

School Days – Comparing schooling in the Victorian era to their experiences today.

Year 2

Wriggle and Crawl – The Gunpowder Plot

Land Ahoy – (Captain James Cook, Grace Cook)

Towers, Tunnels and Turrets – Castles and Castle Life (Isambard Kingdom Brunel)

Movers and Shakers – Significant individuals-Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and The Great Fire of London

Year 3

Scrumdiddlyumptious! – Significant Individuals (James Lind)

Rocks, Relics and Rumbles –Pompeii (Mary Anning)

Through the Ages – The Stone Age and The Iron Age

Emperors and Empires – Ancient Rome, The Roman Empire and the Romanisation of Britain

Heroes and Villains

Year 4

Blue Abyss – 19 Century Ocean Exploration

Traders and Raiders – The Anglo Saxons and The Vikings

1066 – The Norman Conquest

Potions – Historic use of potions

Year 5

Pharaohs- Exploring the Ancient Egyptian civilisation

Sow Grow and Farm – Dig For Victory

Fallen Fields –

An exploration of WW1

Year 6

Pharaohs -

Exploring the Ancient Egyptian civilisation

(Last Year)

Champions of Change – A detailed exploration of key political figures, monarchy and democracy.

A Child’s War – An exploration of WW2

Hola Mexico – Ancient Maya Civilisation

  1. Progression - Whole School Skills and Knowledge