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The study of history helps children develop an understanding of the world.


Our cross-curricular topic drivers are firmly rooted in the periods of history which interest and engage our children, such as Fire, Fire (Great Fire of London, Year 1/2), The Rotten Romans (Year 3/4) and War and Conflict (Year 5/6). Topics are informed by the national curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area. The history curriculum at Ivy Chimneys is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy. 


In line with the national curriculum 2014, the history curriculum at Ivy Chimneys aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past; 

  • Are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement; 

  • Begin 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.