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History is an inspiring and exciting subject that should open a window of curiosity in children. At Gwladys Street Primary School, we strive to open the window and to nurture curiosity in children that leaves them wanting to find out more about the past.


The National Curriculum for Primary History says that “A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.”.

Aims and objectives:
o      To arouse interest in the past and help pupils to understand the present in the context of the past.
o      To help give pupils a sense of identity and an understanding of their own cultural roots and shared inheritances.
o      To learn about the major issues and events in the history of our country and of the world and to contribute to pupils knowledge and understanding of the countries and


o      To understand the nature of evidence by emphasising history as a process of enquiry and by developing the range of skills required to interpret primary and secondary sources.

Here at Gwladys Street Primary, the History curriculum is taught through IPC topics.


  • Key stage 1

In year 1, children will look at their own history and that of their families as moving and do lots of fun activities around these.

In year 2, children will be comparing and contrasting two significant people and their lives from two different time periods.

This will be alongside a lot of other fun activities covering all the National Curriculum expectations.


  • Key stage 2

In year 3, children will be studying the Stone Age and Bronze Age and also doing a topic on the Ancient Egyptians.

In year 4, children will be working on a topic about the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons.

In year 5, the IPC topic children will be studying is all about the Maya and Benin civilisations and they will also be completing a local history topic on the theme of how Liverpool has changed.

In year 6, the Romans and Greeks will be the focus of their IPC topic.



Here are some links to the National Curriculum Programme of Study for History


Here are some links to history websites that may be helpful