History Curriculum


At Appletree Gardens First School, we believe our history curriculum aims to inspire our children’s interest, curiosity and understanding about the past. History is about real people who lived, and real events which happened in the past therefore we aim to bring history alive through our exciting topics and educational trips. Throughout their Appletree journey, our children will build on historical knowledge, think critically, ask perceptive questions, weigh evidence and develop perspective and judgement.

We aim:

  • To provide knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past.

  • To develop a sense of chronology and understand how they fit into the framework of the past, present and future.

  • To understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies, and relationships between different groups of people

  • To think as historians and evaluate and challenge their own ideas and other’s views to support their explanations and judgements


At Appletree Garden First School, history is embedded in our topic-based approach to learning. We maintain strong links to the National Curriculum to ensure all aspects, knowledge and skills of history are being taught across all the year groups. As teachers, we plan sequences of lessons between year groups, to ensure we build on and develop children’s knowledge and skills throughout the school. Educational trips are a key part of our history curriculum, we also encourage visitors into school to share learning and provide hands on experience for our children. Furthermore, children have access to a variety of artefacts, books, photographs, internet, videos to ensure all learning styles are achieved in our history lessons.

In Early Years and Key Stage 1, our children are given the opportunity to find out about the past and present events in their own lives and in their families. They begin to develop an awareness of the past, understanding how it different to the present by using common words relating to the passing of time. They begin to understand where the people and the events they study fit within a chronological framework and identity similarities and differences between life in different periods. In Key Stage 2, children build on their historical vocabulary and continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives between the eras.