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Grangetown Primary



History at Grangetown inspires the children’s interest in learning about what has happened in the past and how this affects the world in which we live today.  The children will learn about different areas of history, both British and that of the wider world, in chronological order.  They will make links between the different aspects of history taught.  The children will use historical vocabulary and develop the skills to be able to ask questions about what happened in the past and why.  They will consider how events from the past can shape the way societies live today.  The children will learn about the history of Sunderland and how events and people have shaped the city.  The children will have visits and workshops which will enhance the learning that is taught in the classrooms.

Intent, Implementation, Impact


At Grangetown Primary School, we believe that it is important for all pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of British history and that of the wider world.  History should inspire the children’s curiosity to learn more about the past.  Our curriculum equips the children to ask perceptive questions, to be critical thinkers, and to explore evidence and to consider arguments.  Our curriculum also allows the children to understand the lives of different people, the process of change, to consider the differences between societies and relationships between different groups of people. Our history curriculum is sequenced, so that is builds on the knowledge and skills that the children have been previously taught, with clear expectations of what we wish the children to know.


The staff have used their skills and experience in order to review the History curriculum to ensure that all historical skills and knowledge are being taught in school and are progressive.  For each year group (Years 1-6), we have identified the knowledge we want the children to have and then considered the skills that are best suited to each area.

Teachers will teach the areas of history in chronological order as they allows links to be made between prior knowledge and future knowledge.  Where appropriate effective links will be made with other subject areas. 

Teachers use the long term planning document for history and use the objectives from it to plan exciting, interesting and engaging topics and lessons. 

We also extend the children’s understanding of a curriculum area through well-planned visits and visitors to school as well as theme days.

History work is recorded in the children’s curriculum books, but links can be found in English books, sketch books and in ICT.


Through the exciting, interesting and engaging lessons, our children develop a keen interest in history and enjoy sharing their knowledge both in class and often as a home based project.  The children enjoy and understand the links made with other subjects

As a school we measure the impact of History through the children’s ability to demonstrate their skills and knowledge; through talking to the children about their history lessons and topics; observations of lessons and monitoring of curriculum books by the history subject leader.  

History Policy

Our Policy document for History is here.

History Curriculum Map

Our History Subject Map provides an overview across EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. 

Long Term Planning for History

Our Long Term planning for History, from our Quest document, is here.

Medium Term Planning for History

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History in Action - Case Studies