Miss Sophie Lawskowski

Year 5 Class teacher, History Lead


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‘Inspire curiosity to know more about the past– equipping them to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.’ (National Curriculum)


We believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians.

By linking learning to our topics, our children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically. 

We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become historians: 

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past;

  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences; 

  • The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources; 

  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry; 

  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning;

  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics; 

  • A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.


Subject Leaders are provided with additional time to coordinate their subject on top of their PPA, to plan their curriculum.

As part of this planning process, teachers need to plan the following:

  • A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must master; 

  • Concept Maps/ ‘What do you know? Charts/ KWL grids will be used to assess prior knowledge at the beginning of a topic then revisited for the children to add what they have learnt.

  • A cycle of lessons which carefully plans for progression and depth; 

  • A Quizlet which is regularly used to test to support learners’ ability to ensure learning is embedded in the long-term memory; 

  • Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience;

  • To ensure that children learn about a range of historical events and significant individuals the Chacewater History curriculum identifies key examples …

  • The school is a member of the History Association. History Association membership provides specialist support and expert advice for teaching history, as well as being part of a subject community.


 Our History Curriculum is high quality, well thought out, planned to demonstrate progression and personalised to Chacewater. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: 

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes; 

  • A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school; 

  • Pupil discussions about their learning