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Gorseybrigg Primary School and Nursery


At Gorseybrigg Primary School we teach History through our Creative Curriculum. This enables our children to complete lots of research, investigate questions and discover similarities and differences throughout history.

We choose topics which allow them to explore the past, think about the present and prepare them for the future.

During the year we cover six topics; each topic is introduced in an exciting way and the children have either the opportunity to go on a trip or to enjoy a visiting workshop experience to widen their knowledge of the topic.

In History we aim to give children the opportunity to:

  • Develop their understanding of chronology
  • Develop their understanding of how people’s lives have been shaped by history
  • Explore how Britain has influenced and been influenced by History
  • Research different historical aspects using a range of resources, e.g. pictures, photographs, artefacts, drawings, people’s testimonies
  • Communicate their findings using a wide range of historical vocabulary

Our Foundation Stage children:-

Talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.

They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

Our KS1 Children:-

Develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.

They know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They should ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

Our KS2 Children:-

Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.

They note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.