Button Lane Primary School

Only the best is good enough


History Lead -  Mrs Mawson



 We intend to provide an ambitious History curriculum, which inspires pupils to show curiosity about the past by asking perceptive questions, thinking critically, assessing evidence and developing clear perspectives and judgements about the past. We endeavour to open eyes to the best that has been thought and said and help them to engender an appreciation of human creativity and historical achievements.

The History curriculum has been planned as a knowledge-based scheme.  The curriculum is historical enquiry, questions that guide and give specific outcomes.

Beginning in Early Years, pupils acknowledge that as they grow they are able to do more for themselves. They show an understanding of themselves and the world around them. The pupils become increasingly aware of the changes in routine during different times of the day and seasons in the year and that, these changes impact what they can do. In the EYFS, the emphasis is on immediate history and those of the parents, grandparents.

 Within Key Stage 1, our History helps our pupils to understand the lives of significant people from the past, as well as events beyond living memory and the process of change and similarities and differences. This is reinforced and further imbedded in key stage 2.

 We believe that in Key Stage 2, all pupils will know and understand history as a chronological narrative; from the earliest times to the present day. Pupils will continue to understand the process of change, the diversity of societies, relationships between different groups and the cause and effect.Pupils will become aware of how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.

There are threads, which run through the curriculum, particularly in KS2, with particular emphasis

  •      Y3 – periodization and historical narrative
  •       Y4 – monarchy and monarchical power
  •       Y5 – achievements that influenced the world today
  •       Y6 – study on implications of decisions

The History curriculum is designed to develop their historical enquiry, knowledge, understanding and communication. This is progressive from Early Years to year 6; ensuring pupils gain an increasingly mature and informed historical perspective on their world.

We have devised a local History scheme of work from Nursery to Y5 and Y6 focusses on our capital.  The key theme is our place in the world, the children’s sphere of understanding at its core.


It is crucial that pupils understand the methods of historical enquiry; including how evidence is used to make historical claims valid. We begin every lesson with a historical enquiry or key question. Following this, the pupils then develop their knowledge, from the earliest times to present day. They gain knowledge of how people’s lives have shaped this nation.  In KS2 children learn how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world including ancient civilisations. Children are then able to begin to develop their understanding of historical concepts such as; continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarities/differences and significance. Children then communicate their growing knowledge into different contexts, by understanding connections, contrasts and trends over time.

We want young people to gain an increasingly mature and informed historical perspective of their world and to do this it is crucial that all four historical strands are embedded within our history curriculum.




Assessment is used as a tool to inform our teaching and learning and to measure the impact of the curriculum we have created. We vary our approach to assessment to ensure it is tailored towards each subject. It takes place purposefully and meaningfully at key points across the year.

We assess each History unit in the following ways:

  • Low stake end of unit reviews to assess key knowledge and end points of a unit to enable misconceptions to be highlighted and targeted early
  • Moderation within school 
  • An end of unit outcome
  • Pupil Voice

Conversations between subject leaders and class teachers take place to ensure that standards across the curriculum are monitored and reported annually to staff,  parent’s and  governors

History Knowledge Organisers

Each half term we provide our children with Knowledge Organisers  when they begin a new unit.  Our Knowledge Organisers show what the learning will be that half term.  The documents below  contain the essential knowledge that your child will need to know as part of the new topic they are learning about in school. The children will be using these as part of their learning within school but we are also encouraging them to be used at home to help children learn the information contained within them. They will also support parents who would like to find out more about what the children are covering in their lessons.

By the end of each unit, we want our children to be able to recall and use this knowledge to access future learning and acquire new knowledge. 


Year 1 - LS Lowry

Year 2 -  The Moon Landing

Year 2 - The Great Fire of London

Year 3- The Stone Age to the Iron Age

Year 3 - The Romans

Year 4 - The Vikings

 Year 5 - The Industrial Revolution

Year 6 - World War II



Year 1 - Florence Nightingale 

Year 2 - The Great Fire of London

Year 3 - The Romans

Year 4 - The Tudors

Year 5 - The Ancient Greeks 

History Gallery

VE Day Assembly

Year 1 Black History Month News Reports

Black Lives Matter Assembly

Remembrance Assembly

Black History Education

Take a look at our dedicated Black History Education page.