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Littlebourne Church of England Primary School

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History is all around us. Here at Littlebourne we aim to ignite children’s curiosity about the past for them to understand more fully, their present and their future. We provide opportunities for our children to learn about how and why the world, our country, different cultures and our local community have developed over time and how the past has influenced the present. Our curriculum encourages us all to explore chronology, significant figures and events from the past, all embedded in an ethos of questioning and reflection. History enables our children to be supported in their developing sense of self and gives context to who we are and where we have come from.  We develop their cultural capital through our golden threads, giving them powerful knowledge to draw upon. At Littlebourne, our intent, when teaching History, is for our children to learn that our way of life, our choices, decisions and values have been influenced by the past and that our actions today will impact on the future. Through stimulation the children’s curiosity, we will enable them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.




Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to empower our children, allowing them to flourish in an inclusive environment under the guidance of God. We strive for our children to be the best that they can be.


As a school, we teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. It is important that the children develop the progressive skills of a historian throughout their time at Littlebourne and do not just learn a series of facts about the past. Our curriculum is taught on a two-year cycle to take into account our mixed Year Group classes. Where appropriate we use historical artefacts, visitors, workshops and visits to excite and intrigue our children to find out more about events and people from the past. We aim to give our children as much understanding as possible about what it was like to be around at a particular period in history by having practical and experiential lessons where possible. We want the children of Littlebourne to become lifelong learners. For this to be successful, as historians, they need to be able to research, interpret evidence, including primary and secondary sources, and have the necessary skills to argue for their point of view; skill that will help them in their adult life.




Our children will be able to:


  • Show they have a secure knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from the historical periods covered.
  • Consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others' views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
  • Show a passion for History with a developed sense of curiosity about the past.