At Rudston Primary School, we view History not only as simple facts and dates but encourage pupils to become detectives who explore the past in an exciting way. History is taught mainly through our Learning Challenge curriculum and gives pupils a chance to explore a wide range of sources from which the past may come alive. History allows our children to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about historical characters and expand their research skills. We teach children to be open minded and inquiring thinkers who understand cause and effect. We want them to understand how people have lived in the past and compare this to modern life.  We encourage first hand experiences through handling real artefacts and wherever possible arranging field work visits to relevant sites of historical interest in the region or bringing in specialists for in-school workshops.


In EYFS History comes under the Early Learning Goal of Understanding the World. The children are given the opportunity to find out about past and present events in their own lives, and those of their families and other people they know.

Key Stage 1

Pupils should:

  • develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.
  • know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.
  •  use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms.
  • ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events.
  • understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

Some examples of work…

Year 1

This year, children will be exploring History through the Learning Challenge question ‘Is the iPad more fun than Grandma and Grandpa’s toys?’. We also studied History through our Learning Challenge question ‘Could a dinosaur live on planet Earth now?’. Have a look at the timeline we created on the field!


Year 1 joined forces to make a human timeline, helping us understand how long ago dinosaurs existed. #rudstonhistory pic.twitter.com/dnJ0c6Hz9z— Year 1 (@rudstony1) March 15, 2017

Year 2 This year, children will be exploring History through the Learning Challenge question ‘How have Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela helped to make the World a better place?’ among other specific History focused lessons.


 Key Stage 2

Pupils should:

  • continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms.
  • regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.
  • understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

Year 3 This year, children will be exploring History through the Learning Challenge questions ‘How is your dinner different from a Stone Age man?’ and ‘How does your mummy compare to an Egyptian mummy?’.


We have been finding out about Ancient Egypt at home!

Egypt research and learning log development! So interesting #rudstonhistory pic.twitter.com/1bAGhrWfSm— Year 3 (@rudstony3) April 28, 2017

      Year 4 This year, children will be exploring History through the Learning Challenge question ‘Were the Romans really rotten?’. They visited Chester to see how the Romans lived. Have a look at the videos from their twitter page!

One of our class was brave enough to check if the helmet worked! #rudstonhistory pic.twitter.com/3jbclCSVtd— Year 4 (@Rudstony4) March 20, 2017

Fantastic Mr Foxes marching in testudo formation #rudstonhistory pic.twitter.com/4Pq8I64pE8— Year 4 (@Rudstony4) March 20, 2017

  Year 5 This year, children will be exploring History through the Learning Challenge question ‘What did the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings do for Britain?’.

Year 6

This year, children will be exploring History through the Learning Challenge question ‘Who were the Mayans and what have we learnt from them?’ among other specific History focused lessons.

Whole School

In the Summer term we will be focusing on the history of our local area as a whole school. We will be delving into the key events of the past that have shaped the city of Liverpool.

Useful Links http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/ http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/visit/floor-plans/ancient-egypt/index.aspx http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/games/ http://horrible-histories.co.uk/gory-games