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‘We are not makers of history, we are made by history.’

Martin Luther King Jr

We are Historians!

At Overfields Primary School we believe that History should stimulate the children’s curiosity and develop their perspective about the life of people who lived in the past, both in Britain and more importantly the wider world. Therefore, History is rigorously sequenced so our children build an overview over time; teaching a sense of chronological understanding and by developing communication skills, children can share their historical understanding with others. Our curriculum has been carefully designed to include the process of change, ambitious lines of enquiring, equality and diverse narratives and voices.

To see the way that teaching and learning in History supports our school’s wider curriculum vision, click below:

We endeavour to ensure that our children receive authentic learning experiences. History at Overfields does not stop in the classroom as a coherent range of historical experiences are available to all pupils across the different years of the school.  Studying History in a way that inspires pupils, encourages the children to ask critical questions, weigh evidence and develop judgement – pupils of Overfields Primary School are hands-on historians.

History is taught through a cross-curricular approach, providing excellent opportunities for pupils. The knowledge and skills are mapped across each year group to ensure they are revisited, refined and to maximise progression. Teachers use the Historical Association’s wealth of resources to develop their teaching ideas and subject knowledge.

Early Years History

In the Early Years Foundation Stage children begin to learn that as they grow up they are increasingly able to do more things for themselves independently. This emerging knowledge and understanding can be used to explore crucial early historical skills. Children make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

‘Exploring Past & Present’

  • How have I changed since I was a baby?
  • Talk about members of their immediate family and name and describe people who are familiar to them.
  • Comment on images of familiar situations in the past.
  • Compare and contrast characters from stories.

If you would like more details on how History is taught in Nursery and Reception, please visit their page here.

The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future! Theodore Roosevelt

Year 2 visit Kirkletham Museum
The museum includes a wide range of exhibitions and displays covering local industrial, maritime and social history.

More Information

The History subject leader is Miss C Whitby

To view our long term plan for History, click below:

To view our progression of skills in History, click below:

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