Pawlett Primary School Academy Gaunts Road, Pawlett, Bridgwater TA6 4SB
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‘“History is not the past but a map of the past, drawn from a particular point of view, to be useful to the modern traveller.”’ 

Henry Glassie

The road map below is to show the History curriculum as it progresses through the school from Reception to Year 6.


Children will be taught to think like an historian – this includes key knowledge, skills and vocabulary through sequences of coherent and connected enquiries.

From EYFS through KS1 history will be child centred.  They find out about changes to their local area and changes to people’s lives and lifestyles around them. They find out about significant men, women, children and events from the recent and more distant past in the local area like Burnham on Sea and Bristol , before including those from both Britain and the wider world. They listen and respond to stories and use a range of contemporary sources of information to help them ask and answer questions. They explore how the past is different from the present.

During KS2, pupils learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent and more distant past . They learn about change and continuity in their own area, in Britain and in other parts of the world. They look at history in a variety of ways, for example from political, economic, technological and scientific, social, religious, cultural or aesthetic perspectives. They use different sources of information to help them investigate the past both in depth and in overview, using dates and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments. They also learn that the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways.