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At Tree Tops Primary Academy, the history curriculum ensures that all pupils gain coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past, as well as that of the wider world, which helps stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the world. Pupils are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, examine arguments and develop perspective and judgement. Pupils develop historical skills and knowledge, enabling them to thrive in their curiosity by discovering and evaluating the past.

Pupils have opportunities to develop their understanding and compare the complexity 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 faced in the past and of their time.


The National Curriculum for History aims to ensure that all pupils:

Scheme of Learning:

Our PYP approach is underscored by the National Curriculum. The schemes allow for appropriate sequencing and aims to secure long-term memory as well as the enjoyment and necessary curiosity of learning history.

The key areas are concerned with building knowledge, developing understanding of the big ideas and processes of history, and the overall goal of history education: we want young people to gain an increasingly mature and informed historical perspective on their world.  The areas are developed throughout KS1 and KS2 in order to efficiently prepare children for secondary education.

Fundamental British Values:

Each lesson will include live marking (as per the Marking and Feedback Policy). Homework is not formally set in history but knowledge activities (both written and abstract) are encouraged to enhance enrichment opportunities; these may take the form of (but not limited to) reading historical books, watching history programmes such as ‘Horrible Histories’ and visiting places of historical interest. High quality teaching responds to the needs of children. An assessment grid (the foundation skills assessment) is used to formally record an overview of progress of each child.

  • A cross-curricular understanding of key historical figures including examples such as Alfred the Great.