At George Washington we have a rich and varied history curriculum that engages all pupils from Reception through to Year 6. We aim to give children an awareness of the past and how it was different from the present, an understanding of the sequence of historical events and an ability to explore some of the ways in which historians find out about the past. Whilst we follow the National Curriculum, each year group strives to make it as dynamic and interesting as possible, enriching the learning of every child through creative teaching, fantastic activities and unique experiences.


Key Aims

  • know and understand the history of the British Isles, in a coherent and chronological narrative, including how people's lives have shaped the nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world, including ancient civilisations, expansion and dissolution of empires, characteristic features of past non-European societies and achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and use a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as 'empire', 'civilisation', 'parliament' and 'peasantry'
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference, significance - use these to make connections, analyse trends, frame historical questions
  • understand methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence can be used to make historical claims and make contrasting arguments
  • gain historical perspectives by placing their historical knowledge into different contexts