At West Ashtead Primary, we provide an ambitious history education to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. This inspires pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and the impact on the present day. Learning equips pupils with the ability to critically analyse contrasting arguments and make interpretations of the past. 

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. By the time they leave primary school, pupils will have a coherent understanding of historical concepts and historical enquiry. 

During KS1, pupils work to develop an understanding of chronology and identify significant periods of time. 

During KS2, pupils work in a chronological order from ‘Stone Age to Iron Age’ in Year 3 to ‘World War 2’ in Year 6. This is repeated for ancient civilisations, starting with ‘Ancient Egypt’ in Year 3 to the ‘Islamic Civilisation’ in Year 6. 

Pupils actively develop a strong sense of chronology (understanding of historical eras) and explore how civilizations were interconnected through trade, shared technologies, and cultural influences. They also investigate how historical events unfolded concurrently in different parts of the world

National Curriculum - History