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At Bacton, we believe that the learning of History should inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past in order to understand the present and form a better future.

 Why study History?

History is at the heart of our curriculum and is taught discretely and within other subjects. Each topic starts with a Key Question that provides a wide range of learning opportunities incorporating general skills e.g. reasoning, explaining or evaluating but also subject specific skills like understanding historical concepts and the methods of historical enquiry.

Throughout KS1 and KS2 our History curriculum is planned and taught using guidance from the 2014 National Curriculum document for History. History in Reception is taught using guidance from the EYFS document. 


At Bacton Primary School, we believe that History education should be fully inclusive to every child. We aim to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for History; to provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum and to ensure the progressive development of historical concepts, skills and knowledge. We aim to create young historians and foster a lifelong love for this important subject.

More specifically, the aims of teaching History in our school are:

  • To inspire children’s curiosity to discover more about the past;
  • To enable children to know the history of the British Isles as a chronological narrative;
  • To develop children’s understanding of historical concepts such as cause and consequence, and use them to make connections and analyse trends;
  • To help children understand a range of methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims;
  • To help chidlren gain understanding the connectins between local, regional, national and international history;
  • To provide opportunities to use their History skills and knowledge to study other subjects such as maths, English and art.


At Bacton Primary School, we are committed to ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in History by implementing a curriculum that is progressive throughout the school. History teaching focuses on enabling children to think as young historians, thus fostering both knowledge and skills progression.

More specifically, the principles underpinning our History provision are:

  • ​Collective responsibility (EYFS to Y6);
  • National Curriculum coverage in all year groups;
  • Ongoing formative assessment about children’s knowledge, understanding and skills;
  • A spiral approach to fascilitate acquisition, consolidation and progression;
  • Interweaving of both general and subject specific skills across all learning;
  • Use of school trips to enhance learning opportunities and provide hands-on experiences;
  • Use of seasons, natural environment and significant events to promote relevant and creative learning.

Useful History Links KS1


Useful History Links KS2


Useful History Links KS2 & KS2



SMSC in History

Spiritual Development

History gives children numerous opportunities to develop their sense of curiosity and it involves a sense of mystery of how and why events in the past happened. Children are encouraged to reflect upon the values and beliefs of different historical eras and societies and compare them to their own. Children also have chances to develop spiritually by exploring the role played by important individuals – for good and for ill – in the shaping of the world we live in.

Moral Development

The study of history involves the consideration of a plethora of moral issues. Events and beliefs of the past provide opportunities for moral discussion and reflection. Was the justice system of the Victorians fair or too harsh? Should we demolish the remains of the WWII concentration camps? Through the study of decisions of the past and the reasoning behind those decisions, children develop their sense of empathy and morality.

Social Development

Unequivocally, exploring past and present societies promotes children’s sense of social identity and belonging. History allows children to examine how other societies have had an impact on the development of ‘British’ culture and the society we know and live in today. Through understanding history, children can place themselves in a wider social entity and become keener in influencing the future in a positive way.

Cultural Development

By studying the cultural identities and systems of the past, children develop a better understanding of the multicultural society we live in today. Children can explore cultural values such as generosity, sacrifice and tolerance by examining events and people of the past and by determining their contribution to our modern life. A good grasp of history and social changes helps children empathise with people of different cultural backgrounds and become better citizens today and in the future.