“History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.” 

Lord Acton

“History has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

Michelle Obama

Helping Each Child to Flourish

At Heworth we want children to develop their knowledge of Britain’s past and the wider world.  We aim to inspire children’s curiosity and to use this to motivate them to want to learn more about the past.   We want to give pupils opportunities and help to ask informed questions about British and World history.  To weigh evidence, think critically and to form their own perspectives and opinions as they go deeper in their learning.

Finally, we want children to learn about their own identity and reflect on the current challenges and changes that we face in our diverse society.

What History looks like at Heworth?

  • Three areas of history are taught each year.
  • Children learn about the history of their local area, Britain and the wider world.   
  • Learning is planned very carefully in order to build on previous knowledge and skills.
  • Children learn about specific events, themes, significant individuals and societies.  
  • Inspiring visits, visitors and theme days are a regular feature of our curriculum to allow us to immerse ourselves into a topic.   
  • Where possible, meaningful cross-curricular links are made with other subjects. 

How do our values shine through in History?


Children develop compassion from a greater understanding of different people groups in different times and circumstances from History.  They are inspired by significant individuals whose own compassion drove them to change History for the better.   


Children will have opportunities to reflect, ask questions about and discuss the difficulties and the power of forgiveness throughout history. 

How do we know children flourish in History at Heworth?

  • Children will gain an understanding of their local area, Britain and the wider world
  • Children will gain an understanding of social history.
  • Children will have a more balanced view of the present.
  • Children will be able to answer questions about the past and its impact on today.
  • Children will take part in a wide range of inspiring, motivating but also educational activities which support the subject knowledge received in History.
  • Children will have a positive view of the study of History.