Our history curriculum is based on the National Curriculum, and aims to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our history curriculum aims to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching equips pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils 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.

In 2019, we purchased the Cornerstones Curriculum as the basis of our history curriculum in order to ensure we fully cover all of the requirements of the National Curriculum and to provide a means of assessing children's confidence and learning.   We adapt this curriculum to our school by taking every opportunity to learn about the history of our local area, including the history of Great Tey and Colchester, by using trips, visits and special days to develop children's love of history.                      

Please read on below to find more information on what we teach, how we teach it and how we ensure we are creating historians of the future!

Why do we learn history?

We are creating future historians by ....

  • developing children's interest in, and curiosity about, the world around them and its past
  • ensuring children have opportunities to ask and answer questions about their world through exploring, observing, comparing and evaluating
  • revisiting key skills and knowledge across the primary years to ensure children's understanding of the past and of chronology is embedded and can be used to compare different contexts
  • equipping children with the knowledge of the past they need to understand the impact of the past on our present and our future
  • developing children's ability to ask questions, interpret the evidence, make judgements and state their viewpoints with increasing clarity and confidence
  • introducing children to the wide range of jobs historians can do and nurturing their ambitions to work in history-based jobs in the future, contributing to their communities and the wider world

What do we learn?

Click on your child's class and year group below for History Cycle A covering the year 2021-2022/ 2023-2024 

Ducklings - Reception (Blocks A and B are the same for Reception)

Sparrows - Year One    Year Two

Robins - Year Three      Year Four

Woodpeckers -  Year Five     Year Six

Click on your child's class and year group below for Science Cycle B covering the year  2022-2023 / 2024-2025

Ducklings - Reception (Blocks A and B are the same for Reception)

Sparrows - Year One       Year Two

Robins - Year Three      Year Four

Woodpeckers -  Year Five     Year Six


 What does our learning in science help us to do?

- develop our understanding of the world around us

- ask and answer questions, developing our ability to ask questions of increasing relevance

- develop our scientific vocabulary to report our findings with increasing clarity, to answer questions and to justify the conclusions we have come to based on the evidence

- understand the importance of evidence, fair tests and research when answering questions

- make connections

- use and construct classification systems and represent data in a variety of ways so that we can compare and contrast materials or living things in a systematic way

- prepare for our future, whether working in a science-based career or understanding our bodies and our health