"What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past." Victor Hugo (Poet and writer of Les Misérables)

At Priors Hall – a learning community, we pride ourselves on being ‘Historians’. Our curriculum provides children with opportunities to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Through the teaching of History, we endeavour to teach children to understand 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 of their time. We nurture understanding learners who are aware of how life has changed from the past.

All children have the opportunity to learn about history from FS to Year 6. We encourage our children to look at local history, their own family history and wider history from around the world. Our History education begins in FS where children are encouraged to talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members as part of Understanding the world which gives them a starting block to then move on to learning about wider global history. By Year 6 we have fostered learners who are understanding and who can compare and contrast a range of time periods and civilisations through time.

We celebrate historical events in school through offering assemblies and in class lessons so children are aware of key dates in history for example Remembrance Day and Black History Month. We immerse our children in their history topics by having launch days at the start of a new topic and inviting them to dress up and allowing them to get into the role of what they are learning about.

Curriculum Coverage

Our history topics across the year are:

Autumn 1Spring 1Summer 1
Year 1How am I making history?How have toys changed?How have explorers changed the world?
Year 2How was school different in the past?How did mankind learn to fly?What were holidays like in the past?
Year 3British History 1: Would you prefer to live in the Stone Age, Iron Age or the Bronze Age?Why did the Romans settle in Britian?How different were the beliefs in Ancient Egypt?
Year 4How have children's lives changed?British History 3: How hard was it to invade and settle in Britain?British History 4: Were the Vikings raiders or peace-loving settlers?
Year 5What was life like in Tudor times?What did the Greeks ever do for us?How have people treated disease throughout history?
Year 6How did the Maya civilization compare to the Anglo Saxons?British History 6: What was the impact of World War II on the people of Britain?What does the Census tell us about our local area?

Progress across the curriculum

During children's journey throughout their time at Priors Hall, we aim to develop their historical skills and knowledge of the time periods we teach. To see the progression of skills and knowledge across our history curriculum, please click the link below:

History Progression Document

Here are the Big Question and Need to Know Knowledge for History

Useful Links

The BBC Bitesize website has lots of learning available.


The BBC Teach website also has lots of useful resources.


The Historical Association website provides resources and a home learning resource hub.


National Geographic Kids has lots of history resources that help children take a trip through time and has lots of information on different periods of history.


Our history co-ordinator is Mr Barwell & Miss Rossa. If you would like more information about our history curriculum, please contact Miss Muir on info@priorshallalc.com.