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History Purpose of Study

We teach History to help 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.

We want our children to:

  • be curious about the life of people who lived in the past and how our local area and wider world have changed over time
  • develop an enquiring mind and ask and answer their questions about the past
  • develop a progressively deeper understanding of chronology through the study of substantive concepts
  • use historical vocabulary appropriately
  • interpret different historical sources and develop skills of inference
  • to understand that there can be different interpretations of the past


The children focus on substantive concepts to develop and deepen a coherent understanding of key concepts, and their relevance to periods of history; these are detailed in the concept overview.


Children focus on disciplinary skills within each topic. These are defined as:

  • Cause & Consequence
  • Change & Continuity
  • Chronology
  • Similarity and Difference
  • Significance