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History at Burradon Community Primary School takes its aims from several of our core values:

Be curious about the world around you, ask questions and investigate.

Care and respect yourself, other people, our school and the wider world.


When teaching History we are helping to develop and equip the children with the skills to think and act like historians. We support the children to:

  • Develop a sense of chronology and curiosity about the past, understanding that it can be interpreted differently.
  • Explore and question significant events and figures from British History and to identify and appreciate how elements have changed over time.
  • Investigate and respond critically to significant events and to communicate how they have influenced or affected society.
  • Develop skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation.
  • Gain a secure understanding that Britain is part of a wider European culture, and to study some aspects of European history.
  • Explore, question and reflect on their understanding of society and their place in it.
  • Understand how British Values have been influenced from past events and individuals, which have formed the British Values of today.
  • Explore and understanding how events in the past have influenced our lives todays.
  • Respect historical evidence.


Implementation: Teaching and Learning

We encourage our children to be historians within their learning and promote History across the curriculum for all children following the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage Documentation. Our curriculum is differentiated to allow History to be accessed by all children. At Burradon Community Primary School, we actively make links between British History and PSCHE, in doing so, contributing to the children’s PSCHE education as well as supporting the children’s SMSC understanding.


At Burradon Community Primary School, History teaching is taught in all classes from Foundation Stage to Year 6. Please see our matrix below.


At our school, we develop the children’s knowledge, understanding and skills in History starting from Foundation Stage before leaving as historians at the end of Key Stage 2. This is delivered through varied teaching methods, so that the children have experience of working individually, in pairs, small groups and as a whole class. We endeavour to provide all children with a wide range of learning opportunities through numerous ways.



History Policy

History Coverage 2021 - 2022

History Progression of Vocabulary

Look at what we've been learning in History this year:

We learn and show chronology throughout our history learning from EYFS to Year 6!

What do our children think of History 2021-2022?


2 children in Year 1: History is interesting because you go further down to learn more about things. We have learnt about Guy Fawkes, who tried to kill the king! It was really interesting, he was using explosions!


History is a special thing because if we didn't have it, we wouldn't know about it. 


A child in Year 2: I like History. I have learnt about the coal mines using pictures to help me, it was good.


A child in Year 3: I enjoy History because I like learning about the past and how things were in the past. I've liked learning about Burradon Pit, when we researched about James Brown and used different ways to help us find out about him.


A child in Year 4: We have been learning about the Egyptians. I liked going to the museum to learn lots more facts about them. The River Nile comes from the mountains and it helped the Egyptians have food and water.


2 children in Year 5: History is the past. It's important to learn so we know what has happened long ago. Also, if mistakes are made in the past, we learn not to do them again. We have learnt about the Victorians which I liked! 


It's important to learn History because you don't know it and you get to learn it. You can learn from it, like we used to have old cars but we can do better ones now. The Victorians were interesting and when we compared what the children did to what we did, I would rather do what I do now. Also, they didn't get much food and I am hungry all of the time! 


A child in Year 6: I think History is okay. I really like learning about things before now, like the Vikings in Year 3 and WW1 in Year 6. I have really enjoyed reading War Horse and finding out about WW1 from their point of view. I think History is important as it helps us to understand the past better and why things happened like WW1 and WW2.