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Curriculum Statement: History - New Brighton Primary School

Curriculum Statement: History

“You have to know the past to understand the present.” – Carl Edward Sagan

At New Brighton Primary School we believe in providing children with a thorough understanding of the world they live in and a sense of identity and heritage. Allowing pupils to learn about how British, local and world History has influenced the present, provides skills that will prepare them for adult life.  Within our History curriculum, children develop their curiosity of the past by examining sources through child led enquiry and independent research.

Being a Historian at New Brighton Primary School means:

  • Developing curiosity
  • Learning about important events in the past
  • Understanding local History
  • Being investigative
  • Having a good chronological understanding
  • Developing our SMSC understanding

Together we will:

  • Work in partnership with families and the wider community to achieve the highest standards of learning and behaviour.
  • Develop and maintain an ethos of mutual respect and promote self-esteem, responsibility, independence and confidence whilst recognising individual strengths.
  • Build on the positive relationships with home and the wider school, national and global communities to promote respect and inclusion for all.
  • Prepare all children for the challenges ahead, embracing technology and promoting a life-long love of learning.

History is taught through topics in the Autumn and Summer term.  Every child studies two history topics per year.  We aim to make our investigation of history as hands on as possible, utilising local trips and resources as best we can.  A progression of history skills, designed for our children, is covered through these lessons and evidence is collated in their topic books.     

We have a wide selection of books and artefacts that children can use to inspire their learning.  Teachers enjoy using these resources and they are often used across the curriculum to make links between subjects.  

Children have the opportunity to engage in multiple trips throughout their time at New Brighton.  KS1 visit the ‘Magic Beatles Museum’ on Matthew Street.  As the first school to visit this new attraction, our Year 2s were even lucky enough to meet Pete Best!  They also visit Wirral Transport Museum as part of their topic on transport.  In Year 3, children spend time following in the footsteps of the smugglers of Blackrock as they take part in local history walks along the prom and around the area that Mother Redcap.  Year 4 join the Roman army for the day and march through Dewa, visiting the ancient Roman ruins of modern day Chester.  We also have the opportunity to watch Horrible History productions at the Floral Pavilion and take advantage of the Egyptian exhibition at Liverpool Museum.  Year 5 and 6 welcome visitors to our school, who inspire and fascinate our learners.  Through drama and interactivity, they excite the imagination of the children and spark an interest in their history topics.

Visits and trips to engage and enhance pupil experiences:

See our documents on 101 things a New Brighton Child will do in Foundation StageKey Stage OneLower Key Stage Two and Upper Key Stage Two

Year Autumn Topic Summer Topic

Y1 Toys Great Fire of London

Y2 The Beatles Transport through the Ages

Y3 Victorians and Port Sunlight Stone Age to the Iron Age

Y4 Ancient Egyptians Roman Britain

Y5 Ancient Greeks Vikings and Anglo Saxons

Y6 WW2 Benin

Useful links

Liverpool Museums


Port Sunlight