Northside Primary School

Northside Primary School - Achieving and celebrating success where every child matters



The aim of history teaching here is to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. We teach children a sense of chronology, and through this they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and, by so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving. History is taught through the creative curriculum where children’s learning is linked across a common theme incorporating all other areas of learning. 


Our aims

  • Support children develop an understanding of the past and begin to use this knowledge to apply to the present day;
  • Develop in all children an understanding of time sequence and chronology;
  • Provide children with and encourage the use of appropriate vocabulary related to the passing of time.
  • Develop in our children an interest in history and the people who made it;
  • Help them understand the origins of their culture and that of other people and to develop respect for other points of view;
  • Develop an appreciation of the circumstances of other people and an understanding of their differing points of view.
  • Teach children the skills of enquiring, analysing, evaluation and searching for the truth;
  • Develop an ability to use and interpret evidence from a range of sources in order to draw conclusions about the past;
  • To link with other subjects through the creative curriculum.


In Foundation Stage

In the foundation stage the children will begin to recognise the concept of the past and present through topic related to their own interest and experience, for example, when I was a baby, toys in the past. 


In KS1

In KS1 pupils carry out historical enquiry both inside and outside the classroom.  They ask questions about people, places and events, and begin to develop a range of historical skills. 


In KS2

In KS2 pupils investigate a variety of Historical periods as defined by the National Curriculum and begin to make links between them. 


  • Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots
  • The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor
  • A local history study
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • The achievements of the earliest civilizations
  • Ancient Greece
  • A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history 

History curriculum content overview for all year groups


For more information:

History National Curriculum 2014