Woodthorpe Primary School

Welcome toWoodthorpe Primary School


At Woodthorpe, all pupils access a broad, balanced, ambitious and enriching history curriculum.  We aim for our children to take part in high-quality activities which help them to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.


History teaching at Woodthorpe stimulates the children’s interest, curiosity and understanding about the past.  We want to inspire our pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and encourage them to be inquisitive and to challenge themselves and question the information they are presented with to further their historical understanding.  To prompt the children’s natural curiosity, each unit of work contains an element of enquiry, aiming to enable the children to become inquisitive historians. Through our history lessons, children are given a wide variety of experiences both in the classroom and out.  Our lessons are intended to equip pupils to ask pertinent questions about the past, to analyse evidence and to develop informed judgements.  We support our children to grasp the abstract concept of time, becoming increasingly able to make links between chronological periods and to gain a full understanding of what life was really like in the past.


History is a key skill for life which shows our children models of good and responsible citizenship and also teaches them how to learn from the successes and mistakes of others.  Through our history curriculum we explore the cultures, beliefs and values that help our pupils to develop an understanding and respect for themselves and others, whilst also giving them a better understanding of the society in which they live and that of the wider world.


History at Woodthorpe is taught on a blocked curriculum basis and we have based our curriculum on the Focus Education scheme.  We recognise how important it is that our teaching is designed to help pupils remember key knowledge and skills and it is through the blocked curriculum that we believe that we are able to build upon metacognitive strategies to help support the children in their retention of learning.  It is important that each of the units focus on teaching methodology and, importantly, the curriculum is designed to focus on the main historical concepts that pupils need to learn and remember. It is also true to the National Curriculum for both Key Stages 1 & 2 as well as the EYFS Curriculum.