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Our vision for History is that all children develop skills through an enquiry approach.











In History pupils are encouraged to question their understanding of the past. History develops skills in critical thinking, sifting information and comparing past and present. We also learn to make links with today's society and consider the impacts of people and events. Without History, there would be no future!



In school, our wider aim across all subjects is to ensure that learning is meaningful and memorable. This is reflected in our History offer. We intend to build on the children's vocabulary and skills as they progress through school. We want our children to leave primary school with analytical skills built from a progression of enquiry-led learning.


At Alwoodley we believe that Historical experiences are key to broaden children's experiences of History and 'bring it to life'. These experiences create memorable learning and give purpose alongside the lessons they do in class.

We also intend for our pupils to have excellent knowledge of local history and understand how their locality has changed through the ages. They are therefore able to make relevant, real life links to the history around them in their city. It also develops their cultural, moral and social understanding of themselves as citizens.




Our curriculum offers a range of exciting units that has an overarching key 'enquiry' question to delve into.

In KS1, children think about 'time' and what it means to them. They think about living memory and compare to experiences of their parents/grandparents and then learn about some memorable events in History.

In KS2, children study a range of time periods in chronological order and create links to prior learning and comparisons to create depth in their understanding.


Core documents:

- Long Term Plan 

- National Curriculum for History

- Progression of skills document

- SMSC in History

How do we implement History at Alwoodley?

  • Enquiry-led learning
  • Enrichment opportunities such as trips, visitors, artefacts and workshops
  • Child led investigations to encourage curiosity
  • Cross-curricular links to other subjects to broaden our understanding of cultures and events
  • "Big finishes" at the end of each unit to bring our learning together



Implementation 2021-22 examples


See what we've been up to!



Year 1 Historians - comparing life now to when grandparents were little!

Year 2 Historians - How have seaside holidays changed throughout time?

Year 4 Historians - exploring the Ancient Egyptians

Year 5 Historians - learning about the Vikings and a trip to York!

Year 6 Historians - exploring the Victorian era




We use a range of strategies to assess what skills and knowledge the children have attained each term including the following:

  • Book looks
  • Use of super six 
  • Pupil Voice 
  • Regular feedback each lesson
  • A well maintained benchmarking folder





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A snapshot of History learning
at Alwoodley Primary School


Black History Month


During the month of October children have been celebrating Black History Month. Each year group looked at a significant event or individual within black history and answered a range of enquiry questions. Reception have been learning about good role models. They have been listening and performing songs about the civils right movement. Year 1 has been investigating the achievements of Wilma Rudolph and how they are significant whilst Year 2 have been learning all about the Windrush generation through poetry. Years 3 and 4 have been using resources provided by local theatre company 'Alive & Kicking' to build on work from Year 2 surrounding Windrush by interacting with character led drama. Year 5 have been learning about Nelson Mandela’s life before considering why Obama’s presidency was significant and Year 6 have been learning all about American segregation and how this impacted individuals at school and work.

Artefacts - What can we find out about the ancient Egyptians? 


Year 4 had a special delivery from Leeds Musuem. We had to look carefully at each object to see if we could find any links to our previous topics. We were then given some clues about each object before using some further research about each object. We then created our own exhibition and thought carefully about the title trying to make a link to each object.