Welcome to our History Curriculum Page! 


On this page you will find:

1) A brief overview of our pupils'  journey in history from EYFS to Year 6

2) Our history intent, implementation and impact.

3) Photographs of history activities throughout Gainsborough Primary and Nursery school - pupils' history work. visitors, themed week and displays.


A brief overview of our pupils' journey from EYFS to Year 6


Here at Gainsborough Primary and Nursery school, pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our sequential history curriculum is chronological. It builds on prior knowledge, skills and vocabulary and helps our children know and remember more. Teachers encourage pupils to ask questions, think critically and make judgement about their learning.

Early Years and Reception pupils learn age related historical vocabulary through their topic based lessons.

Key Stage 1 pupils develop an awareness of the past and are taught about changes within and beyond living memory. They learn about historical events that are significant locally, nationally and globally. For example, Year 2 study the Fire of Nantwich and compare the events with the Great Fire of London. Additionally, pupils explore the lives of significant individuals from the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Grace Darling, GuyFawkes and Samuel Pepys are a few individuals studied in this key stage. Developing our pupil's awareness of local historical evidence is important in both key stages. In KS1, pupils are helped to understand what the cenotaph in the heart of our town tells us about the World Wars.

Key stage 2 pupils continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. Year 4 for example, visit Chester, a local Roman city. There, they can see first hand Roman artictecture and explore artefacts in the museums. This study tyem leasd into looking at the History of Rome.Year 5 study the Saxon artefact left in the neighbouring town, Sandbach and discuss what this tells us about typical Saxon life. In Gainsborough Primary and Nursery school, we believe looking for historical clues in our locality is crucial as it brings the past alive and deepens the children's knowledge of their surrounding towns and cities. 

Within each historical study, pupils use a range of sources and are encouraged to see connections, contrasts and trends over time. Recognising the importance in broadening our pupil's vocabulary, all children develop  historical terms appropraite to the intent for learning. For example, Year 4 pupils have been taught Egyptian words like pharoh, a term required for their learning.

For a more detailed appreciation of our bespoke history curriculum, please click below. Additionally, you could look at on the Curriculum page.


2) Our History intent, implementation and impact.


At Gainsborough Nursery and Primary School our history curriculum has inclusion is at its heart; it fulfils the formal requirements of the National Curriculum and it inspires motivation for learning. Our broad and balanced curriculum is bespoke to our pupils and to the community in which they live. Using a sequential approach to learning, children build on previous historical, knowledge and skills. Recognising the importance of enriching our pupil’s vocabulary, pupils are introduced to topic specific vocabulary, given opportunities to use this new historical language and recap it in future lessons.

Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about the world around them. Through a variety of teaching styles, children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

The aims of teaching history in our school are:

  • To help children develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of local, British and world history and using a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms, note connections, contrasts and trends over time
  • To teach pupils where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and using common historical words and phrases, identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods
  • To inspire pupils’ curiosity and interest in the past so they ask historically valid questions that stretch their knowledge and understanding.
  • To show our children that knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources and encourage the use of these artefacts, documents and resources so the children can find answers to their questions and reflect on their new learning.
  • To encourage children to reflect on cause and consequences and create their own viewpoint once a sound knowledge of a topic has been acquired.



Teaching and learning at Gainsborough Primary and Nursery school is designed to help pupils remember, over time, curriculum content and to apply their knowledge in different contexts. History lessons focus on developing historical skills and children working as historians.

We plan our curriculum to ensure that we meet the requirement of the national curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum by ensuring that:

  • long term plans are developed collaboratively between the curriculum leader and year group colleagues to ensure coverage for the academic year
  • medium term plans are written creatively and collaboratively, drawing on ideas from CPD (training) opportunities
  • short term plans are used to specifically tailor learning for all abilities

Each year group has a bespoke yearly curriculum overview which includes local and British historical knowledge and builds on previous skills and understanding. Cross curricular links are planned for, with strong links between the history curriculum and high quality texts that are studied in English. The local area is utilised with opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.


In addition to this, the children participate in history theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school, all of which aim to enrich and develop the children’s learning and language.



Our History Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression, ensuring that pupils are prepared for the next stage of their education. As children progress throughout the school, they build up a broader historical vocabulary and develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of their local history and its place within the wider context.

Outcomes in books evidence a broad and balanced history curriculum and demonstrate pupils’ acquisition of identified key knowledge. 

Pupils’ progress is tracked through ongoing assessment for learning. Pupils who keep up with the curriculum objectives are deemed to be making good or better progress. Objectives are revisited at the start of new learning. The impact of our curriculum is also measured through regular book scrutiny, lesson observations and pupil conferences.


3) Photographs of history activities throughout Gainsborough Primary and Nursery school - pupils' history work. visitors, themed week and displays.



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