It is our intention that History should excite, engage and challenge all learners, including those with special educational needs. We aim to equip learners from EYFS to year 6 with the broad knowledge and skills needed to answer challenging questions and understand key historical events so that they can identify how actions have shaped the world we live in today. We want History to inspire pupils to learn about the ever-changing world around them and develop skills for lifelong learning.
The Early Years 

In Early Years History will be included throughout the year through talking about the lives of the people around the children and their roles within society. The children will establish ways to identify the similarities and differences between things in the past and now and they will learn to draw on their experiences and what has been read and explored in class. The children will begin to understand the past through a variety of settings, characters and events encountered through books they have read and been in class and during storytelling. 

Supporting Pupils with SEND

To make history lessons inclusive, teachers need to anticipate what barriers to taking part and learning particular activities, lessons or a series of lessons may pose for pupils with particular SEND and/or disabilities. Teachers plan to reduce these barriers so that all pupils can fully take part in learning. Lessons in history are sequenced through the use of enquiry questions, challenges and support are differentiated so that all pupils acquire key knowledge when learning about history. 


Pupil Voice
"I really enjoy it when I realise what it must have been like in the past. I try to think about what it would be like if I lived then". 
"History is gruesome!"
"We practise our writing skills, our research skills and build our knowledge". 
"I loved learning about crime and punishment!". 

As a result of this, in History they will:

  • Increase and develop their historical skills, concepts, knowledge and attitudes.
  • Increase their understanding of the present in the context of the past.
  • Develop and use their skills in enquiry, analysis, evaluation, and argument.
  • Develop their interest in the past, arousing their curiosity and motivation to learn.
  • Develop a sense of identity through learning about the past.

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