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History principal aim

Our principal aim of History education is to inspire in pupils a curiosity about the past in local, national and worldwide contexts and consider what life was like for different people at different times.


History Curriculum Intent 

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots” ― Marcus Garvey


As historians, we would like all children to understand how historic events have influenced, and continue to influence, life today.  We will ensure that history is delivered in a practical and meaningful way by making links and appreciating the context of our local area.  


Our aspirations are that as our pupils develop their sense and understanding of chronology, they will be able to make links between significant events, ask increasingly perceptive questions and retain invaluable knowledge and facts that will stay forever. 


Through a relevant, inspiring and progressive curriculum, Children at OLSP will: 

• Foster an enthusiasm and curiosity about history and learning about the past through an engaging and varied curriculum; developing skills and understanding which can be applied to any area of history

• Be taught skills and concepts progressively across the school in line with the National Curriculum

• Develop a secure sense of chronology; acquiring an understanding of time, events and people through the passing of time

• Use research skills to pose questions and investigate the past by making inferences and drawing conclusions.

• Understand how events have occurred concurrently in different locations worldwide in order to compare and contrast

• Study a variety of significant historical figures and events that underpin the diversity of Britain and the wider world


Our teaching of history will allow children to apply this understanding, knowledge and skills across the curriculum, understanding how the world has changed throughout history.


History Curriculum Implementation 


At OLSP, our History curriculum follows the National Curriculum and provides children with an array of enriching opportunities. We ensure that children see clear links between different aspects of their learning. They understand the purpose and value of their learning and see its relevance to their past, present and future. 


Just some of the ways in which we enrich our curriculum is by providing on and off-site subject related activities, offering opportunities for children to learn outdoors and welcoming parents and carers to take part in children’s learning and experiences. 


Our Curriculum for History provides all children, regardless of their background with:

  • Coherent and chronological substantive knowledge of the history of Britain and the wider world that is built gradually from EYFS to Year 6 and beyond through the a concrete lens of four vertical concepts:


  • Society and community 


  • Exploration and invasion 


  • Power


  • Conflict and Disaster


  • Opportunities for all pupils to see themselves reflected in the curriculum, but also to be taken beyond their own experiences. The history curriculum teaches pupils about civilisations from across the world, and always incorporates the experiences – positive and negative – of ethnic minorities in the history of Britain.


  • Grounding in core disciplinary knowledge, and the ability to approach challenging, historically-valid questions.


  • An excitement for history, which inspires a curiosity to learn more about the past.