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Paston Ridings 
Primary School


Our history curriculum is designed to ignite our children’s curiosity about the past, both in Britain and the wider world.  Through finding out how the world around them has developed over time, our children begin to understand how the past influences the present.  History enables our children to develop a context for their growing sense of identity; what they learn through history can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.  When teaching history at Paston Ridings, our aim is for all children to be stimulated to want to develop their historical knowledge, skills and understanding.

Our history curriculum has been designed to cover all of the skills, knowledge and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum.  It is organised in a progressive model to ensure that pupils build on secure prior knowledge.  The history curriculum is delivered through topics which have meaningful links with other subjects to strengthen connections and understanding for pupils.

Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, or additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they could possibly be.

Each year group with have a dedicated amount of time to solely focus on History.  These are explained further in the table below:


Year Group  Unit Focus
Year 1 Dinosaur Planet Prehistoric history
Year 2 Street Detectives  Local history 
Year 3 Gods and mortals Ancient Greeks
  Tribal Tales Stone Age
Year 4 I am Warrior! Roman Britain
Year 5 Pharaohs  Ancient Egypt
  Off with Her Head!  Tudors
Year 6 A Child’s War World War Two


Children leaving Paston Ridings will have developed a secure knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from the historical periods covered. They will have the ability to think critically about history and communicate confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.  Our mini historians will have the ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, forming and refining questions and lines of enquiry.  Children leaving us will have a passion for history and a desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history resources.  Pupil voice will show that children are confident and able to talk about what they have learnt in history using subject specific vocabulary.  Children’s work is of good quality and demonstrates that pupils are acquiring knowledge, skills and vocabulary in an appropriate sequence.