At South Hill Primary School, the children not only develop an awareness of the past, but have an infectious curiosity of different times in history and how these historical eras have shaped the world we live in today. Each year group will not only teach their topics but show how a time period connects to their previous learning which creates a historical timeline that they journey through from Foundation Stage to Year 6.


The children will build upon their history knowledge by learning the common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They will also identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods and ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events.


Our local area are rooted in history and this has formed a key element of our current context.  It is important that all pupils are able to gain an understanding and appreciation of this in their time at South Hill. This will include:

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  • A good understanding that our knowledge of history has been gained by studying evidence in the world around us; to have the skills to discuss different opinions within history and to learn to disagree well with each other.

  • An ability to study and compare different beliefs and ways of life; to recognise similarities and differences using different sources and to question, evaluate and draw conclusions based on clear arguments.

  • A strong sense of identity and an understanding of the history of the local area. This will be created by teaching history in a wider context, but also thinking about local connections, allowing children to link their lives to the bigger picture.


 In all periods studied, pupils will gain an understanding of the main events, time and locations appropriate to the subject being taught.  In addition, the following areas of learning will allow for themes within learning across each year group.  These areas are:


  • Beliefs

  • Conflict

  • Settlements

  • Travel & Exploration

  • Food & Farming

  • Society

Examples of knowledge organisers