History at Tavistock Primary and Nursery School

At Tavistock Primary and Nursery School we aim to deliver a history curriculum that is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. Our teaching of history will help pupils gain a secure knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. The curriculum is structured in a way that allows for children to make links between current and previous learning. Teachers use the Curriculum Plan for history to make comparisons between historical periods previously taught, developing children’s chronological knowledge and understanding from the Stone Age to present day.

We want children to be curious to know more about the past and to have the skills required to explore their own interests. History lessons focus on working as historians and developing historical skills and there are many opportunities for the curriculum to be enriched through historical visits, visitors and events held in school.

We aim to enable children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. It is important for children to develop a sense of identity through learning about the past; we want them to know how history has shaped their own lives. This is why the local area is fully utilised to achieve the curriculum outcomes. At Tavistock Primary and Nursery School, we commit to exploring local history and heritage in each of our history topics so that, by the end of KS2, children will have an understanding of how historical events shaped and affected their locality. 


Please see the document below for details of topics, objectives and coverage for History in each year group across the school.