‘Trusting in God; Growing in Wisdom’

Becoming Historians

 Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.

Deuteronomy 17:18-20

History at Whitegate CE Primary School

At Whitegate CE Primary School we aim to inspire in pupils a restless curiosity and fascination about the world and its past, giving them a sense of identify and heritage to prepare them for life in all its fullness.

At Whitegate School, we are passionate about history, and value it not only in its own right but also for its cross-curricular links. Through exciting topics and themes, we endeavour to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and help them gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of not only Britain’s past, but that of the wider world.  We also strive to make history 'come alive' through regular trips and residential visits to places of historical interest. 

Our school’s own rich history, within the context of the local area, is a celebrated and inspiring feature of the school. 

Topics are informed by the national curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area.


The aims of teaching history in our school are:

  • To be interested and observant about the historical and social aspects of their local environment, British and World history;
  • To develop chronological awareness when studying significant events and people;
  • To compare and contrast the past with the present;
  • To ask questions, form hypotheses, have opinions and develop their own point of view;
  • To collect and record evidence from a variety of sources;
  • To respect the values and cultures of people represented in the past and present;
  • To develop skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation;
  • To work individually and co-operatively, listening to and valuing the opinion of others


Websites we recommend to explore: 

enlightenedHistory for Kids:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/

enlightenedThe National Trust: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/history-for-kids 

enlightenedNational Geographic (History focus): https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/discover/history/

enlightenedHorrible Histories Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/horrible-histories

enlightenedHistorical Association: https://www.history.org.uk/primary/resource/3620/primary-topic-websites

enlightenedThe British Museum: http://www.teachinghistory100.org/browse/curriculum/2/


If you have any questions about our History curriculum, please contact Mrs Mackenzie (subject lead) via the school office.
Thank you


Our History year group curriculum overview:


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 1


Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally:

Knights and Castles

(William the Conqueror)

Changes within living memory:


Year 2 

Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally:

The Great Fire of London (Samuel Pepys) 

The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national achievements:

Sir John Brunner (Salt)

Paula Radcliffe

Changes within living memory:

Llandudno – how family holidays have changed (including a residential visit)

Year 3

A British history study:

Stone Age to Iron Age

The achievements of the earliest civilizations: 

Ancient Egypt

A study of British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066:

The Victorians (including a residential visit to Ironbridge)





Year 4

A British history study:

The Romans and its impact on Britain


A significant turning point in British history:

The Industrial Revolution

A British history study:

The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor (including a residential visit to York)


Year 5


Ancient Greece - a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world.

A study of British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066:

The Tudors & Stewarts (including a residential visit to Stratford)


Year 6

A non-European society that provides a contrast with British history:

Early Islamic civilization


A period of history that shaped the locality:

Vale Royal Abbey 


A British history study – Britain since 1066:

Conflict (beginning with the Battle of Hastings)




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