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History curriculum vision

History curriculum progression

At Bowesfield, the history curriculum enables children to reflect on how the lives and experiences of others in the recent and distant past have influenced the way we live today. Children enjoy learning about past events and are interested in learning about see how people lived during different periods in history.

Comments from children:

“I enjoyed learning about the Islamic Empire because it is about my religion and it is nice to teach others who don’t know anything about my religion.”

“I enjoyed WW2 because of all the fascinating facts.”

“Vikings look so cool and they have good armour.”

Children have enjoyed visits to places like Beamish, Segedunam and Warkworth Castle. Many commented that they enjoy working creatively in history, making models or artwork, which deepen their understanding.

A visit from a ‘medieval lady’ was extremely popular with Y1 children. They were fascinated

to learn about her life and to handle the many artefacts she was able to bring, such as chain

mail, armour, helmets, swords and medieval clothes




Possible careers linked to history:

A background in history may lead to a range of careers including a secondary school teacher, museum or gallery curator, archaeologist, archivist, museum education officer or a historic buildings inspector. History sometimes leads to a career in politics too.

Famous historians:

Kate Williams and David Olusoga are two modern historians who have graced our TV screens in recent years, sharing their knowledge of historical events and unearthing secrets.




Our own Miss. McNeilly is a very keen historian. She has spent many months researching her family tree and more recently has been finding out about Bowesfield Primary School since it opened in May 1881. Miss McNeilly knows a great deal about the local area.

Supporting your child at home.

There are many ways to support your child with their learning in history. We have Preston Hall Museum on our doorstep and the Captain Cook Museum in Middlesbrough. Our whole area is steeped in history…maybe look at local architecture… the houses we live in can sometimes tell us so much about history. Talk to your child about what school was like when you were growing up or encourage grandparents to share their experiences. You could think about making a family tree. Read stories related to different periods in history.

Use the internet to help them find out more information about periods of history that they are studying.

BBCBitesize has many video clips to support children’s learning in history.

The 1970’s KS1

The Roman army KS2

Ancient Egyptians KS2

Think about ways in which we know about history…older children will understand that there is a great deal of historical evidence in the form of paintings, artefacts, diaries and books which were written at the time of famous events. For example, Samuel Pepys wrote a diary during the Great Fire of London, 1666. His diaries give a first-hand account of what happened at the time. Old statues can show us what clothes were like in the past. Paintings provide glimpses of life in past times. Many museums have artefacts from history, weapons and pottery from the Roman era. Children will be fascinated to see how things have changed. They are particularly interested in punishments that happened in previous times.