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The learning and teaching of history at Reculver Primary School aims to provide opportunities to understand, appreciate and enjoy the multi-cultural world in which we live and to celebrate its rich diversity. We aim to develop children’s ability to describe, investigate and explain the past and thereby understand our world as it is.

We aim to fully engage the pupils in their learning about Britain’s past and that of the wider world by inspiring their curiosity and making learning as interactive and practical as possible. Theme days are organised across the school  to immerse pupils in the past, with dressing up and a range of exciting art, craft, drama and cooking activities planned.

We encourage children to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence and develop perspective before forming judgements.

Our History Topics across the school allow children to make connections and place events on a historical time-line. Here are some of the people and events the children will learn about on their journey through the school:

Year 1 – The Victorians; The life and influence of Sir Francis Beaufort; Astronauts.

Year 2 – Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot; The History of Flight; Castles and Castle Life; The life and influence of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Years 3 and 4 – The Stone Age; The Romans; The Anglo Saxons and Vikings; The Norman Conquest; 19th Century Ocean Exploration; The Ancient Maya.

Year 5 – The Ancient Greeks, The Age of Exploration (Tudors and Stuarts); WWI

Year 6 – The life and influence of Charles Darwin; The Ancient Egyptians; WWII.

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


  1. Learn how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  2. 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
  3. Investigate abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.