“A person without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots” Marcus Garvey

‘I loved Christopher Columbus and other explorers during our explorers topic. It made me feel excited and inspired because they found amazing new places.’ Charlie, Year 3

Intent: Why we do what we do

Implementation: How we teach History

Impact: How we know we have learnt it

Whole school long term planning

Our History planning

Progression of knowledge

At the beginning of each unit, children are provided with a key knowledge organiser including subject specific terminology they should learn and use throughout the unit. This is used and referred to within all lessons. At the end of each unit, children take part in subject specific quizzes.

Children are also invited to present their knowledge through online VLOGS or through our student subject seminars, which take place every half-term in classes. This is a wonderful way to assess children’s understanding of historical knowledge, concepts and vocabulary.

Knowledge of substantive concepts

The British Monarchy – England Kings and Queens timeline

Knowledge – Our History calendar

Progression of skills and knowledge

Historical Knowledge – Significant individuals of Shropshire

Progression of Historical Enquiry

Our Historical enquiry progression document illustrates how we plan to ensure our children understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses

It also includes how our pupils will develop their understanding of the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously

to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

Children track this development using their Tilly Enquiry Wheel and it is evident in our class planning documents.


Stories I can read at home that will help me

UKS2 Badgers


Ancient Civilisations

The Mayans

Benin/Early Islamic


Ancient Egypt

Ancient Greece

LKS2 Otters



The Tudors


The Great Fire of London

KS1 Squirrels


World War 1

World War 2

The Moon Landings

Additional book lists to help

Book list – World War 1

Book list – World War II

Book list – Women’s History Month

Book list – Refugee

Book list – Black History

How can I help my child at home?

For pupils in Key Stage 1

For pupils in Key Stage 2