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At Castle Cary School, the History curriculum will inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We want children to develop knowledge and understanding about the history of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. Children will know and understand about significant aspects of the history of the wider world like ancient civilisations and empires and understand changes in living memory and beyond living memory. Learning about the lives of significant people of the past, children will understand the methods of historical enquiry and be able to ask and answer questions. We aim for all our children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.


At Castle Cary Primary School, we want our children to explore what life was like in the past and understand how history has shaped the world we live in today.

In EYFS, History is taught through lerarning experiences and children explore the past and present through the Understanding the World strand of the EYFS Framework. The learning experiences develop vocabularly and questioning skills enabling them to understand how things may have changed and how they may be different to how they are now.

We follow the National Curriculum for History in years 1 to 6 and children are taught in unit blocks across a two year rolling programme. All units have a clear sequence of learning and skills are developed in chronological understanding, interpretations of hisotry and historical enquiry. To develop pupils’ historical understanding, the key concepts that underpin all historical enquiry are developed through the regular revisiting of these range of concepts: continuity and change, cause and consequences, similarity and difference and significance of events and people.

The children are given the opportunity to experinece primary and secondary sources of evdience, use enquiry skills, make prediuctions and build historical knowledge. They learn about key historical events in Britain’s past as well learning about historical civilisations and periods from around the world.


Children at Castle Cary will:

  • Be able to identify key facts about historical periods
  • Have an understanding of people’s lives during different periods of time
  • Have developed their understanding of changes within different time periods
  • Be able to identify key dates in history and chronologically order key periods of time
  • Understand the impact of people in the past and how they have shaped the world we live in today