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Hi, I am Miss Foulstone- Year 3 Class Teacher and History coordinator. 

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At Mansfield Primary Academy, we aim to make History topical, challenging but most of all fun! We believe History is an essential subject to help build our children's understanding of the world. Our curriculum has been designed using the Essentials Curriculum, so that children of all abilities and with a range of needs can: investigate and interpret the past, build an overview of world history, understand chronology and communicate historically. We aim to support our children by building on their previous learning and embed a love of learning for the subject. We do this by having inviting, engaging and thought provoking lessons, with chances to recap and revisit previous learning, as well as organising out of school visits to expand our knowledge of the local area and encourage our children to become learners who want to explore and find out more.



A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. 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.



The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this 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: 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, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives 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- and long-term timescales.