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Our History Curriculum is built on our vision of ‘Roots to Grow and Wings to Fly’ and reflects the needs of our community

It is our aim through history that all pupils at By Brook Valley School will be

  • provided with opportunities that enable them to grow and develop as historians, building on their prior history learning
  • supported to develop their historical knowledge and skills as they make their journey through their primary school education, ensuring that their learning is relevant to all areas of their life.
  • Curious, through starting each area of historical learning with a ‘Big Question’. We will challenge pupil’s thinking and this will be revisited at the end of each term,
  • encouraged to broaden their use of historical vocabulary
  • able to answer the ‘big question’ demonstrating  their new knowledge and deeper understanding

Reading plays a central part in history. Through the use of high quality texts and sources we aim to challenge the pupils, building on vocabulary so that it can be used in all areas of their learning.


Through topics children learn about how people lived in the past both in Britain and the wider world.  As they progress through the school they develop their understanding of chronology and skills in research.  They learn to research specific periods and question evidence, explain their point of view and reach conclusions.  They learn how the past influences the present and develop their knowledge of significant people and past events.  Role play helps children to explore what it was like to have lived during different periods in history while trips to museums and places of interest gives the children access to primary sources of evidence.