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Our Vision for History:

We want the children to develop a solid foundational knowledge of history taught through a series of topic areas, and to be able to recall this knowledge accurately. Children will learn about significant events and key people in British history and also about different civilisations.  We want the children to develop a good sense of chronology and know how Britain has changed over time and been influenced by the wider world. We want children to be curious about the past and ask relevant questions. We want them to think critically, consider a range of evidence, discern what is relevant, draw conclusions and justify their opinions.  Through their study we hope they will develop perspective and judgement and be able to analyse contrasting interpretations.


We follow the National Curriculum programmes of study for the KS One and Two National Curriculum for History.  

Key concepts and themes of history repeat throughout the curriculum. These provide lenses through which to consider the different aspects of history:

Community & culture - (architecture, art, civilisation, communication, economy, inspiration, myth, nation, religion, settlement, story, trade) 

Conflict & disaster - (conquest, liberation, occupation, military, peace, surrender, treaty, war)

Exploration & invention - (discovery, migration, navigation, progress, tools)

Hierarchy & power - (country, democracy, empire, equality, government, law, monarchy, oppression, parliament, peasantry, politics, prejudice, slavery, poverty, protection, tyranny )

Alongside these run second order concepts relating to the disciplinary knowledge of history. 

Cause & consequence;  Change & continuity; Similarity & difference; Evidence & interpretation; Significance

Our key concepts, including the second-order concepts of history, are derived from The Historical Association adapted for a primary school setting.

The overview of our history units is:


Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6



Prehistoric Britain

Ancient Egypt

The Struggle for the Kingdom of England

AD 410-1066

Changes in Dorking

King Henry VIII


Roman Britain

Ancient Greece

Changes to Church and State in Tudor Times

The Kingdom of Benin

Queen Elizabeth II

The Great Fire of London





Mary Seacole

Equal Rights:

Greta Thunberg

Equal Rights:

Emeline Pankhurst

Equal Rights:

Malala Yousafzai

Equal Rights:

Rosa Parks

Equal Rights:

Martin Luther King



Enrichment visits to places of historical interest in the local area and workshops add to the classroom lessons.