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History at Earlswood...


We believe that history enables our pupils to understand the future by studying the past. We inspire our pupils’ curiosity to know more about their own history and that of the wider world.  The history we teach helps pupils understand the process of change, the diversity of societies as well as their own identity and challenges of their time. Our history curriculum will equip the children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgment.


We want all pupils to:

  • Know and understand history as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have changed the nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  • Know and understand significant aspect of history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind.
  • Gain and deploy 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 and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, pose historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written accounts and analyses.
  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.


Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short-term and long-term timescales.