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History Rationale

At Anstey, we aim to inspire and develop children’s curiosity of the past. Through a rich history curriculum, children will gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past, their local history and that of the wider world. Teaching will focus on developing questioning skills, encouraging children to think critically and interrogate evidence. They will gain a deeper understanding of how people’s lives are changed over time and learn to make connections between previous learning. We aim to give children experience of a range of diverse societies and times, so that they can begin to understand their own identity and place in history.


In line with the National Curriculum, we have adopted a generally chronological approach to the study of the past, whilst also exploring historical themes, and different ancient civilisations and their legacy. With a focus on first-hand experience, children’s’ learning will be supported through many enrichment opportunities, including a range of trips, specialist visitors and artefact boxes, which aim to inspire children and develop their curiosity. All topics will have a clear progression of historical skills and include key concepts. Each topic will also focus on developing an understanding of chronology, using timelines to see where studies fit and overlap with others.