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History at Greenleas



At Greenleas’ we aim to provide high-quality history education which helps children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.  We aim for it to inspire curiosity to know more about the past, encouraging our children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

Our history curriculum aims to help children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.



 At Greenleas, history is taught through subject specific lessons which builds on prior knowledge and learning. In each year group, in alternate half term, classes will be taught weekly history lessons which have been chosen to meet all National Curriculum objectives. Subject leaders have created knowledge organisers which sequences the history learning across all year groups and ensure a wide breadth of study. Lessons are made accessible for all children, using different teaching methods such as investigations, debates and other methods of adaptive practice.


Children’s chronological learning begins with history within their lifetimes and expands as they grow to include history prior to their birth and ancient history. Knowledge builds on previous years learning right from the foundation years up to year 4 and is revisited throughout.

Each academic year, from Year 2-4, children start their units drawing out a timeline which will be place their current history learning against their previous learning.  Where possible, immersive experiences are provided for the children to gain true insights into what life was like through different periods of time.



Children’s books will demonstrate the knowledge and historical enquiry skills learned during individual lessons. At the end of each unit of study, children will complete an end of unit quiz in which children will demonstrate their acquisition of key knowledge and skills taught against the end of year expectations taken from the National Curriculum. Progress is also measured in each history lesson through formative assessment such as questioning, discussions, group, paired and independent tasks.

Children are enthusiastic about their learning and engaged through exciting units taught in a range of learning styles.

Children will develop a love of History and be able to remember key knowledge.