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Becket Primary School



The History curriculum at Becket Primary School aims to develop pupils’ chronological understanding and provide opportunities for pupils to explore a range of periods of history through primary and secondary sources. Where realistic, connections are made to the local area. 

Through enrichment opportunities, we aim to develop a knowledge and understanding of how people lived at specific times. Our intention is that pupils have an awareness of how society can learn from the past, how it influences our present and will shape our future. 

Each year has a progression of skills: Chronological understanding, Knowledge and Interpretation and Historical Enquiry. As the children move through school they revisit, build upon and apply these to increasingly challenging historical questions. By the time they leave the children will have the knowledge of a range of topics with skills and attitudes to be curious historians.


History is a foundation subject within the Historical, Geographical and Social Understanding Area of learning. We follow the 2014 National Curriculum.  It is taught through topics where links are made with a range of other subjects and transferrable skills can be applied. These skills are specific to each year group and are built upon to ensure progression. Some topics begin with a Historical Key Question which is then explored and eventually answered once further questions have been investigated.

Within the Foundation Stage History is woven throughout the continuous provision activites across the year. Children are encouraged to talk about past and present events in their own lives and the lives of family members. Where we can the interests and ideas of the children are followed and encouraged.  History is predominantly taught through continuous provision in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and through afternoon lessons in Key Stage 2. 

During History learning, pupils are exposed to a range of primary resources to support their historical development. These include artefacts, historic maps, photographs and online resources, including enrichment activities provided by visitors to school. Each year group takes part in visits within their locality and further afield, making connections to their History topic. 

Each pupil is provided with a summative report at the end of each year. This will outline whether they are below, working towards, secure or exceeding in effort and attainment. 


 By the end of their primary education at Becket Primary School, our children are able to articulate and demonstrate that they have developed the historical knowledge, language and skills to help them understand the history of the United Kingdom and the wider world.

Our children demonstrate a good understanding of human attitudes and experiences, historical enquiry, and are able to make links between historical events and the world in which they now live. Children’s knowledge and skills develop progressively as they move through the school, not only to enable them to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum but to build on a deeper understanding to prepare them to become competent historians.