At Bewick Bridge, our aim is for our children to understand that history is the narrative of the past and that by understanding the past they can better understand the world they live in today.  We aim to enable children to delve deeper into the past and understand how culture, daily life and the different civilizations differ from that of our modern twenty-first century world. We offer a sequence of knowledge rich units to to help teachers ensure they have covered all the knowledge and skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum.  We want our children to  develop detailed knowledge and strong skills to inspire their curiosity,  to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, make comparisons and develop perspective and judgement.  Children will leave school in year 6 with a strong  understanding of chronology and the complexity of people’s lives. They will understand 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 want the children to be equipped with the skills and knowledge that enables them to be ready for both key stage 3 and the wider world.


Through our History Curriculum, we aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the History of Britain and other societies and epochs. We aim to provide an inclusive curriculum which represents our school community, giving all of our pupils the understanding of their place in our world and their heritage, History at Bewick Bridge aims to ambitious, and motivating. Ambitious in our coverage of History and thorough teaching of Historical skills and concepts. Motivating, through engaging activities, trips and visitors that give all students an opportunity to question the past, with the intention to improve every child’s cultural capital.


At Bewick Bridge, our History curriculum is designed with the intent that all children will:


●  Become increasingly critical and analytical thinkers. 

●  Possess a secure understanding of the chronology of the British Isles and other important periods of History.

●  To discover links and connections to the History they learn and the wider community and locality. 

●  Further their knowledge and explanations of change and continuity over time with regards to the history of the British Isles and other societies and epochs. 

●  Differentiate between source types and explain how interpretations in History may differ.  

●  Draw on similarities and differences within given time frames and across previously taught History. 

●  Enquire into Historical themed questions and form their own opinions and interpretation of the past

●  Children are able to form links through historical and geographical concepts, exploring how these are layered and intertwined across human civilization allowing for a deeper explanation and broader understanding of the humanities.

History overview

History Overview 23_24.pdf

Progression documents

Vocabulary Progression in History 23_24.pdf
History Skills and Knowledge Progression 23_24.docx.pdf

In history lessons, children learn to understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

Year 3 studying Bronze age artefacts from Ely museum.

Year 4 investigating Egyptian conopic jars.

We read interpretations of the past in secondary  sources.

Each year, Year 4 children explore experimental reconstructions of Anglo Saxon houses in West Stow Village

Exploring experimental reconstructions of Anglo Saxon houses in West Stow Village