At West Boldon Primary School our mission is for all of our children to become responsible citizens of tomorrow.  We know that an essential part of this mission is the effective study and reflective learning of History.

Through following the Dimensions “Learning means the World” curriculum, our pupils will develop their own cultural capital and take part in discussions around what it is to be a good UK and global citizen.  History introduces pupils to diversity within different societies and the relationships between different groups overtime, challenging them to view events from different time periods and perspectives.  Leading eventually to greater empathy and understanding if events and situations.

Our curriculum enables pupils to:

  • Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of the history of Britain and the wider world
  • Explore cause and consequence, identifying catalysts for change, the effects on society and reasons for developments
  • Be inspired, be curious, ask questions and think critically
  • Recognise similarities and differences between periods of time and to see how the past has shaped the present
  • Analyse sources of evidence, developing their historical knowledge and skills and to piece together the information to understand the past.
  • Develop an understanding of chronology, and to see the ‘big picture’, allowing them to make connections between different periods of the past and the present

We will do this by:

We aim to foster a strong sense of chronology within our children, teaching them how to place people, events or eras on to a historical timeline. Time related vocabulary is used within all of our history teaching from Reception to Year Six to enable our children to speak with confidence when comparing time periods, vocabulary increasing with complexity as children move up through the school.

Pathfinders – Fit people and events into a chronological framework.  Learning will focus on people that have lived and events which have occurred mainly withing the last 200 years.  This helps our children to begin to understand chronology because of the limited time span.  The historical content often links to children’s everyday experiences (e.g. inventions such as the ~TV), thus making learning more concrete and less abstract, so that children can begin to make sense of their changing world.

Adventurers – children begin to learn about more specific time periods of history, and to develop the narrative within these periods.

Navigators – make connections between periods of history.  As children’s knowledge builds and children begin to make connections between events and time periods, for example exploring the connections between leadership between Roman Emperors (“You’re not invited”) and World Leaders (“Wars of the World”).

To achieve these aims we will:

Ensure coverage is cross checked between the Dimensions “leaning means the world” curriculum against the National Curriculum.  Gaps identified are taught through ‘competency units’, which are part of our long term plans.

Use Skills Ladders to demonstrate an incremental model for the acquisition of skills, providing a benchmark for each year group and modelling the progression throughout the school.  The increasing complexity of the skills should ensure children make good progress.

Use Knowledge Building Pillars are our robust model for the progression of knowledge and understanding in history. Children are supported and challenged to learn and compare knowledge across different historical contexts.


Tracking children’s progress throughout their school life is vital in order to establish their acquisition of knowledge. At West Boldon Primary School, learning always starts with the children’s prior knowledge and any misconceptions they may have. This can be undertaken in several different ways; teachers decide upon the most appropriate, age-related way of obtaining the children’s prior knowledge.  Misconceptions that arise throughout the unit are identified and addressed appropriately. We use Kahoot quizzes as a low stakes’ method of checking children’s recall.  These assessments are revisited throughout the year so that knowledge is embedding into long term memory.

Subject Ambassadors

Subject Ambassadors

Our Subject Ambassadors are chosen children who are experts in History, or children who have a real passion for the subject. Our Subject Ambassadors for History 2021/22 are:

Year 6: Tommy & Alfie
Year 5: Emilia & Megan
Year 4: Damian & Millie
Year 3: George & Christopher P
Year 2: Oliver & Evie
Year 1: Sadie & Mollie

Find out more about Subject Ambassadors by clicking here.


Important links…

Take a look at our History Curriculum documents by clicking the links below.

History Rationale
3 Is
History Intent, Implementation, Impact
Skills Ladder
History Skills Ladder

History EYFS Skills Ladder

Long Term Plan
History Long Term Plan


Take a look at our learning…

Click the links below to see what we’ve been learning about in History in each year group.


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


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