History at Ash Church of England VC Primary School


History has always been a subject which we are passionate about at Ash Primary School.

We wish all pupils to:

  • Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate their curiosity to know more about the past.
  • To use primary and secondary source evidence to ask perceptive questions, think critically, evaluate arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
  • To begin to understand the differences and challenges of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

At Ash Primary School, these skills are embedded within history lessons and developed throughout their journey of the history curriculum. By the end of their primary education, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from Stone Age 1066 and beyond those dates through local studies. The local study with have a structured progression throughout the seven Years so that by Year 6 they with have a sound history of the village of Ash and the surrounding area. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this is the need to look at world history such as the ancient civilisations of Greece and the Mayans.

The content and principles underpinning the history curriculum are taken from the 2014 National Curriculum. We use the National Curriculum Programmes of study to guide us on the content and focus of each objective to inform our curriculum. ( See attached rolling programme of study.) The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for all children in reception to have an ‘Understanding of the World; people and communities, the world and technology’ by the end of the academic year.
These units are enriched by cross curriculum work when appropriate, using film, drama and trips out to enhance learning. We will also have access to the resources through the History Association and the Somerset Museum Service. We encourage a project to be launched with a wow day to excite the children. Teachers plan to create engaging and informative teaching and learning opportunities which take into account prior learning, plan for opportunities for assessment and identify suitable future targets.

At Ash Primary School we strive to create Young Historians who have an awareness of events that have preceded their lives and the way these have shaped the locality, the country and the world. An ability to carry out effective research, look at evidence carefully, think analytically and make connections will be key and will help children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We wish to fire children’s curiosity so that they desire to know more about the past. The children’s progress will be assessed through discussion, presentations, drama and simple written tasks.

Vicky Griffin - History Coordinator