At Castleway, we believe that a high-quality history curriculum inspires children to want to learn about the past and to think and act as historians. By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology and build an overview of Britain’s history as well as that of the wider world.

We aim to develop these essential characteristics to help children become historians: 

  • A good knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past; 
  • Knowledge and use of a range historical vocabulary;
  • A good understanding of chronology;
  • A sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways;
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make effective use of it to support their learning;
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently;
  • 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, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating questions and lines of enquiry; 
  • An understanding of the importance of the past and how it affects the way that we live today. 
History ignites pupils’ curiosity about the past and the wider world. Pupils will develop skills and knowledge, through researching, exploring artifacts and other sources of evidence and engaging in discussion. Learning from the past develops pupils’ moral, social and cultural awareness – skills that will prepare them for adult life.