History at Wallace Fields Junior School

At Wallace Fields Junior School, our aim is for history to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We strive for history to inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past, enable children to ask perceptive questions, think critically and develop an understanding of how the past has an impact on the world today.

Through the teaching of History we endeavour to teach 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.

We develop the children’s knowledge, understanding and skills of history by:

  • Embracing the children’s curiosity by encouraging them to generate questions which they can reflect on throughout the topic.
  • Helping the children develop their own sense of perspective of the world around them and the past.
  • Enhancing the children’s chronological understanding of how the world has changed over time, the diversity of people’s lives and how past events can impact the future.
  • Focusing on the progression of historical skills and providing the children with cross-curricular learning opportunities. Utilizing the use of technology in our lessons to create a multi-sensory learning experience.
  • Providing the children with trips and visit to explore fieldwork opportunities and reinforce their learning experience.


Wherever possible, our history curriculum is enhanced by trips and visitors, as these bring the curriculum to life for our children. Experiential learning is a vital part of learning about history.

  • Year 3: Crew Theatre Roman themed work shop.
  • Year 4: Hooke Court residential to experience life during the Viking period.
  • Year 5: History of the Hogsmill.
  • Year 6: Ancient Greek mythology workshop.

For further details on the teaching of history across the school, please view our progression map.

History progression map

History on school trips

National Curriculum

To find out more about the national curriculum for History in Key Stage 2 that the school is following click here.

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