At Grappenhall Heys, we believe that history is a tool of learning and communication and is about people and their development over time. History is essential to our understanding of the development of the modern world. Skills acquired and developed through the study of history are applicable to everyday life.


Our History curriculum centres on children’s knowledge and understanding of the chronology of British history and that of the wider world, recognising significant people, places and events. A critical part of this learning is through access to a variety of information sources, such as the school’s new library facilities, allowing children to consider events in different ways. Local trips and specialist visitors bring History to life through different historical sources and primary evidence. For example, a visit to the Imperial War Museum and a visit from a Stone Age hunter inspire the children to learn from reliving the past. The children are encouraged to explore and respond to the viewpoints they research; developing connections between historical times, events and people; and considering the consequences that these events have had on how we live today

The children will develop their historical skills, working independently and with their peers to decide upon which facts to extract and how to present their work. As their ideas evolve, they often express these creatively through art, drama and computing and extend their knowledge of different types of writing. Children are taught to respect and celebrate their own culture and history and that of their peers, recognising the similarities and differences between their lives and those in the past. 

Memories from parents and grandparents regarding their childhood experiences add a very personal and human aspect to our curriculum. By working together, the children develop knowledge and expand upon each other’s ideas. They learn to explore and care about personal opinions as they consider the diversity of events and how this has shaped our society.

Pupil Voice

"I am proud of my work because I like the layout and how neat it is. I used creativity to lay the work out. To find out the information I used ICT. I enjoy history because I enjoy learning about facts from the past."


"I love learning about the Great Fire of London, it is so interesting".

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What do we do to make history special?

Each year, children have many opportunities to enhance their personal development through engaging field work organised, linked to their topic. Year groups make visits, such as trips to the Imperial War Museum and our local Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, to learn about local history and the Parr family. 

Our History Long Term Plan



In Early Years, the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Curriculum and Development Matters document are used to for planning and assessment. In the Foundation Stage, pupils experience a wide range of activities linked to Understanding the World. Activities are planned around a set topic and offer children a range of opportunities to explore new learning in different forms. 


Changes within living memory - where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of changes in national life.

Events beyond living memory - where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.

The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods.

Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.


Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.

Britain's settlements by Anglo-Saxons and Scots.

The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.

A local history study.

A study of the an aspect or theme in British History that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

The achievements of the earliest civilisations - an overview of where and when the first civilisations appeared and an in-depth study of one of them. 

Ancient Greece - a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the Western World.

Early Islamic civilisation, including a study of Baghdad c. AD 900

How can I support my child at home?

Help develop your child's history knowledge by taking them to places of interest and sharing your family history.