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History at
Flushing CE Primary School


Flushing CE Primary School's History scheme of work aims to inspire pupils to be curious and creative thinkers who develop a complex knowledge of local and national history and the history of the wider world. We want pupils to develop the confidence to think critically, ask questions, and be able to explain and analyse historical evidence.

Through our scheme of work, we aim to build an awareness of significant events and individuals in global, British and local history and recognise how things have changed over time. History will support children to appreciate the complexity of people’s lives, the diversity of societies and the relationships between different groups. Studying History allows children to appreciate the many reasons why people may behave in the way they do, supporting children to develop empathy for others while providing an opportunity to learn from mankind’s past mistakes.  We use Kapow's Primary's History scheme to support pupils in building their understanding of chronology in each year group, making connections over periods of time and developing a chronologically-secure knowledge of History.

We hope to develop pupils’ understanding of how historians study the past and construct accounts and the skills to carry out their own historical enquiries.

In order to prepare pupils for their future learning in History, our scheme aims to introduce them to key substantive concepts including power, invasion, settlement and migration, empire, civilisation, religion, trade, achievements of humankind, society and culture.

Our History scheme of work enables pupils to meet the end of Key stage attainment targets in the National curriculum and the aims also align with those set out in the National curriculum. For EYFS, the activities allow pupils to work towards the Understanding the world Development matters statements and Early learning goals, while also covering foundational knowledge that will support them in their further history learning in Key stage 1.



At Flushing CE Primary School, we have aim to meet 5 key strands in History- Topic Knowledge, Chronological Awareness, Substantive Concepts, Historical Enquiry and Disciplinary Concepts. 

These strands are interwoven through all our History units to create engaging and enriching learning experiences which allow the children to investigate history as historians do.

Units are organised around an enquiry based question, and children are encouraged to follow the enquiry cycle (Question, Investigate, Interpret, Evaluate and Communicate) when answering historical questions.



At Flushing CE Primary School, through our History lessons, we expect that our pupils will:

  • Know and understand the history of Britain, how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.

  • Develop an understanding of the history of the wider world, including ancient civilisations, empires, non-European societies and the achievements of mankind.

  • Develop a historically-grounded understanding of substantive concepts - power, invasion, settlement and migration, civilisation, religion, trade, achievements of mankind and society.

  • Form historical arguments based on cause and effect, consequence, continuity and change, similarity and differences.

  • Have an appreciation for significant individuals, inventions and events that impact our world both in history and from the present day.

  • Understand how historians learn about the past and construct accounts.

  • Ask historically-valid questions through an enquiry-based approach to learning to create

    structured accounts.

  • Explain how and why interpretations of the past have been constructed using evidence.

  • Make connections between historical concepts and timescales.

  • Meet the relevant Early Learning Goals at the end of EYFS (Reception) and the end of key

    stage expectations outlined in the National curriculum for History at the end of Key stage 1 and 2.