The study of history not only helps us to understand why the world is the way it is today, but also teaches us the key skills of searching for evidence and questioning the facts and opinions we are presented with. It also provides a huge range of opportunities to develop our learning powers, particularly curiosity, independence and empathy. To find out more about what we teach and how learnng fits together, take a look at our skills and knowledge progression:  

The aim of our History curriculum

We want our children to have a rounded understanding of history by the time they leave our school. They need to be able to put historical events into context and order. They need to understand how and why events in the past have shaped the modern world and our place within it. And they need to have had first hand experiences of ‘meeting’ significant places, objects and artefacts (be that through visits to castles and stately homes, trips to museums and galleries or in-school workshops with experts), so that history can come to life for them. 

In order to do all of that, our children need access to a rich, carefully structured history curriculum. In Year 1, we explore the core idea of change over time, looking at ways in which life has changed over the last 100 (or so) years. In Year 2, this picture of history widens to include events from more distant times that have had profound impacts on modern life, to support children in beginning to recognise why an understanding of history is so important. Moving through KS2, the focus moves to building-up a picture of the early history of British Isles, from the Bronze and Iron Ages to 1066, via Roman rule, Anglo-Saxon settlement and Viking invasions. Alongside this, children also learn about events and changes in the world beyond our shores (including the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Mayans) and a key turning point in more modern history (the Battle of Britain).

"Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are well supported… Teachers know how to adapt the curriculum and provide precise support."

Ofsted report, 2022

Experiences we want every child to have at Bedwell:
  • Visit significant national museums (eg. British Museum, Imperial War Museum, RAF Hendon) 
  • Meet and talk to people who have lived through important moments in history (eg. WW2 evacuees) 
  • Explore local museums to develop a stronger link to topics being studied (‘we found this just a mile from where you live’ ; ‘this is what life was like in our town 100 years ago’) 
  • Have opportunities to handle historical artefacts and draw their own inferences and conclusions from them. 
  • Experience what life was like in the more distant past through trips, themed days and (where possible) residential visits (eg. Celtic Harmony Camp) 
  • Meet professional historians and talk to them about how they piece together clues to form a more complete picture of the past.
This term's learning

Year 2 - Hedgehog class have been learning about the Great Fire of London. They have begun to explore the causes of the fire, and have used first hand accounts to understand what the it was like to live through the Great Fire.  

Year 5Fox class took part in a fantastic World War 2 Day in school. They made gas masks, learnt about pre-decimal money, made cakes using ration-book recipes, filled sandbags and blacked-out windows - all of which helped them to better understand what it would have been like to grow up during World War 2.


Year 6Falcon class visited the RAF Museum at Hendon, where we all had a great time exploring the planes and equipment used during the Second World War. This linked with not only our work in History, but our English writing too. We learned all about the Battle of Britain, what it meant to be an evacuee and how the battle became a turning point in the Allies defence and subsequent attack.