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School Vision

To give all the opportunity to be who God created them to be and have fullness of life.

Our History Vision

Is to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past, through exploring significance, continuity and change, cause and consequence and using evidence.

What does it mean to be a Historian?  What do Historians do?

A historian has the ability to think critically about history

A historian can research information and communicate ideas confidently.

A historian has an excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods.

A historian looks for links with things they already know and debate, discuss and evaluate the past.

Why is it important to know what it means to be a Historian?

We study history because history doesn’t stay behind us. Research by the History MOOC has shown Studying history helps us understand how events in the past made things the way they are today.

At St. Peter’s Elwick Primary School we understand that with lessons from the past, we not only learn about ourselves and how we came to be, but also develop the ability to avoid mistakes and create better paths for our societies.

St. Peter’s Elwick History Curriculum

At the heart of our History curriculum is the substantive and disciplinary knowledge that children need to prepare them for success in their education journey.

Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and follows a 2 year rolling programme. The curriculum is bespoke to the school through the use of our local heritage and that of the wider environment.

Substantive Historical knowledge which includes:

Topic knowledge of time periods of history and areas studied.

Chronological knowledge which includes the understanding of the passage of time, but also how events fit chronologically within a time period.

Substantive Concepts e.g. empire, trade and tax

Disciplinary Historical Knowledge is the understanding of the second order concepts. Those concepts which help children to understand how historians investigate the past, and how they construct historical claims, arguments and accounts.

These follow the strands

  • Sources and Evidence (An understanding of primary and secondary sources and how historians would use these to show how life was lived in the past).
  • Historical interpretations (The description, analysis, and explanation of past events.)
  • Cause and consequence (Cause and consequence is a relationship in history between an event, a condition, or a decision (the cause) and the events or results that follow it (the consequences).Understanding cause and consequence is a key aspect of historical analysis and helps historians to understand how and why things happened in the past.
  • Change and continuity (Change and continuity form the foundation of the study of history, as historians seek to understand both the ways in which societies and cultures have evolved over time, as well as the ways in which certain elements have remained constant.)
  • Similarity and difference Learning beyond stereotypical assumptions about people in the past, to recognise and analyse the diversity of past experience.
  • Historical Significance When deciding what people, events and ideas to examine, we have to choose only those which we consider to be the most important to our local community, Nationally and globally.

Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and follows a 2 year rolling programme. The curriculum is bespoke to the school through the use of our local heritage and that of the wider environment.

Key Documents

History Disciplinary Knowledge Strand progression


St. Peter’s Elwick Primary promotes a curriculum that puts all pupils, regardless of their needs, at the heart of what we do. By building mutual respect, we accept others for their differences believing that everyone is special and everyone has something to offer.

Our inclusive and enriching curriculum, written for all children, provides pupils with meaningful and aspirational experiences as well as promoting personal growth for life-long learning. When the curriculum needs adapting, to suit the needs of individual children, appropriate modifications are made by the class teacher with support of the SENDCo and the Curriculum Subject Lead.

History is the study of the past

The study of history helps make sense of humankind. It also helps people understand the things that happen today and that may happen in the future.

Using artefacts to gain an understanding of the past can support our understanding of cultures and civilisations.

It is important to know about our local area and to find out about the history of our town.  Children use primary and secondary sources to delve into history.


St. Peter’s Elwick Primary school is a member of Historic England.

We have also achieved the Heritage Schools Award.

Books we use to support our curriculum

Year 5 and 6

Year 3 and 4

Year 1 and 2

St. Peter’s Elwick would like to give thanks to the following publishers for allowing us to use their book cover image:

Reproduced from Usborne Famous Lives: Florence Nightingale by permission of Usborne Publishing, 83-85 Saffron Hill, London EC1N 8RT, UK. Copyright © 2004 Usborne Publishing Limited.

Bloomsbury Publishing: Fantastically Great Woman Who Changed The World

Baile Press: Middleworld

DK Children/ Publishing: A City Through Time

Useful Links

National Geographical kids

BBC Bitesize

BBC Programmes

History for kids

Oak Academy KS1 History

Oak Academy KS2 History

Any clubs, websites, agencies and organisations listed on this webpage outside of St Peter’s Elwick CofE Primary School are independent of the school.

Our Values and Ethos

Christian teachings play a large part in the daily goings on at St Peter's

Friendship & Trust




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