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At All Saints' School the history curriculum is delivered through active learning with the aim of developing historical skills, an understanding of chronology and knowledge of the aspects covered. We do this through the enquiry based approach to learning in order to develop our pupils enquiring minds. This enables them to make links between aspects and become critical thinkers.


In the Early Years, the focus is upon the child's own personal history and being able to order events throughout the day or across the week.

Sorting vehicles into old and modern.


At Key Stage 1 the emphasis is on the children learning about how things were in the past in relation to how they are now. The children identify the similarities and differences between  the past and modern day life.  They  learn about significantly influential past events and people, such as History Makers, Florence Nightingale and Great Explorers. The teachers use a cross curricular approach and the majority of their literacy work is linked to their topic.

Bringing history to life - Year 1 and their 'Great Fire of London'.


At Key Stage 2, History is taught through a cross curricular approach.  The topics covered are: Local History Study, changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, the Shang Dynasty, the Roman Empire, Ancient Greece, the Mayan Civilisation, the Anglo Saxons and the Scots, the Vikings, The Battle of Britain and historical cultural diversity and it's impact on the wider world.

There is a strong emphasis on the children understanding the chronology of the events and being able to place the events in historic order using a timeline.  Wherever possible, we incorporate visits and visitors to support and enrich the children’s understanding of history.

The children look at sources of evidence, such as: photographs, 'artefacts', stories, etc, discussing their validity and examining what is tells us about the particular era of study.

Alongside all of this wealth of knowledge that we strive for the children to develop, we have two 'Golden Threads' running through each topic of study. 1. Looks at the religious impact within the time period, on the people and culture, chosen due to us being a CofE school. 2. Looks at the historical impact locally, if any, of any time period studied. We feel that this is very important, not only as a link to 'Cultural Capital' but also because we want the children to understand the historical relevance to their immediate locality.





Year 3 on the Town Trail - part of our Local History Study

Cockermouth by Year 3

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After our town trail as part of our local history topic - year 3 researched and made a Cockermouth landmark - which landmarks can you see ?

Year 3 making Cockermouth

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