“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 CE Primary School we want our children to develop their knowledge of Britain’s and the wider world’s past. We aim to inspire our children’s curiosity and to use this to motivate them to want to learn more about the past.   We want to give our children opportunities 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 our children to learn about their own identities and reflect on the current challenges and changes that we face in our diverse society.

What history looks like at Heworth CE Primary School?

  • Three areas of history are taught each year
  • Our 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
  • Our 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 our children to immerse themselves into a topic  
  • Where possible, meaningful cross-curricular links are made with other subjects

How do our values shine through in history?


Our children develop compassion from a greater understanding of different groups of people in different times and circumstances from history.  They are inspired by significant individuals whose own compassion drove them to make a positive impact on the world.


Our 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 CE Primary School?

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