Castle Primary School

'Adventure Together; Learn Forever'


"A people without knowledge of their past, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."

Marcus Mosiah Garvey

The aim of the History curriculum at Castle Primary is to give children a broad range of knowledge of different periods and cultures across History. They are encouraged to compare and contrast those periods as well as considering the impact they have on our current times. By the end of Year 6 we hope that children have taken on board the key concepts taught to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world and that they go out into the world and make a difference in the world for good.

In Keystage 1 children begin to learn about the past and how it compares with the world they live in. This includes learning about England under Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II as well as the impact of significant events nationally (such as The Great Fire of London) and nationally (such as the moon landings).

In Lower Keystage 2, the aim is to provide children with a foundation of knowledge about different empires and civilizations in the past; the differences between them and comparison to the 20th and 21st Centuries. Having developed an understanding that social structures, religion, technology, roles etc. were different in the past as well as different across the world during Upper Keystage 2, children consider more deeply the social and human interactions in different cultures and how many resulted in segregation and discrimination of different groups.

We want children to leave Castle Primary understanding that History has not only been shaped by huge empires and powerful leaders but by those who spoke out when others had no voice.