Curriculum Intent

Grange Junior School aspires to develop children’s curiosity to know more about the past, enabling pupils to become confident and independent learners, who can explore knowledge throughout a range of time periods.

We believe the study of history encourages the children not only to enjoy learning about the past, but it enables them to have a better understanding of the process of change and some of its causes, similarities and differences across different societies, and the significance of people, places (both in Britain and across the wider world) and events through time and how these have influenced our lives today.

During their time at Grange pupils will:


  • Learn about different societies from the past, both in the UK and from the wider world
  • Learn about some of the ‘everyday’ features of different societies (including attitudes, values, practices, beliefs) and think about how human instincts, thoughts and acts have a cultural history which may relate to the present.


  • Learn about some of the issues, struggles, difference of opinion and ordeals faced by some societies in the past. (The basis of conflict might be personal, racial, political or international and may relate to/impact society today)


  • Learn about some of the changes, alterations or transformations that have occurred in societies in the past. (Changes might result from a variety of factors including technological advancements, social movements, wars etc.)


  • Learn some of the abstract terms specifically relating to history (e.g. empire, civilisation)
  • Understand the nature of historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similar and different, significance, interpretation

Curriculum implementation

At Grange, our history curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum, as well as other experiences and opportunities which best meet the needs of our children.

History is organised into half-termly topics based around a key question or statement designed to encourage curiosity.  Each unit of learning engages children through an enquiry question that aims to develop children’s understanding and knowledge about a period of time as well as developing children as cultivating the methods of learning about the past.

British history units of work are taught in chronological order so that it continues to develop children’s chronological understanding of British history.  The study of civilisations from across the world are sequenced dependent upon the complexity of concepts that will be taught. Additionally pupils undertake a local history study which is sequenced to build an understanding of how historians work.

Curriculum impact

Throughout the years of learning history at Grange, children gain a growing knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

Pupils begin to develop an understanding different past societies from around the world including some of their everyday attitudes, values, prejudices, rituals and practices.

Pupils develop an understanding about the process of change, including the types of thing that influence change such as technological advancements.

Pupils develop an understanding about the challenges faced by different groups of people of their time.

Pupils begin to develop an understanding of the methods of historical enquiry.