The National Curriculum (2014) states,

“A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.”

With this in mind, we aim to make our curriculum relevant, current, creative, exciting and engaging. Lessons are planned to respond to current and important issues and are closely related to the real world making children’s learning purposeful and meaningful. They are motivated through engaging activities, trips, and visitors all of which give many opportunities for the children to question the past.

At Dore Primary our History is taught through our topics which are chosen by each year group to give a focus to the learning each half term. Our history curriculum is also explicitly linked to our whole school values and our social, moral, spiritual and cultural responsibilities. A link to a document setting out these links is below.

In Foundation stage and KS1, the historical skills will focus on the world around them and their living memory of History before moving to events that go beyond living history. In KS2, the History curriculum is set out in chronological order to allow children to reference the previous events in time and to refer to this prior learning year-on-year and within the year. The progression of skills is set out in order to build and develop the following:

  • Chronological Understanding 
  • Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past 
  • Connection and Historical Links 
  • Interpretations of History
  • Historical Enquiry 


History News:

  • Y3 History
    Our new learning journey Mists of Time begins with a lesson on all about whether items are biodegradable or non-biodegradable. The children went outside and buried different items and used their predicting skills to predict what the items will look like when we dig them up in a few weeks.
  • Y4 – P4C Through History and English
    After finding out about the Greek Myth King Midas, the children were asked to reflect upon the question, ‘What would I wish for if I had one wish?’ Using Philosophy for Children strategies, children were able to build on one another’s ideas and also challenge the wishes of some children. It was a pleasure to… Read more: Y4 – P4C Through History and English
  • Y5 Winter Walk
  • Year 5 – Outdoor Learning – Anglo-Saxon and Viking Day!
    Year 5 spent a brillinat day using the skills that Anglo-Saxon and Viking settlers would have needed. Today these techniques would be seen as camp-craft or survival skills but then they would be basic everyday activities. Fire-lighting Cooking on an open fire Shelter building Sewing Eating!
  • Year 5 recreate the events of 1066
  • Year 5 History – The ‘Battle’ of Dore!
    You might have seen this memorial on the green in Dore. Year 5 wanted on investigate futher. In fact, there is very little evidence of what took place in Dore in the 9th century. It is clear that King Ecgbert met with King Eanred but was there a battle or did something else take place?… Read more: Year 5 History – The ‘Battle’ of Dore!
  • The Great Fire of Dore
    This half term, we’ve focused on the bustling life of 17th-century London. Whilst exploring this topic, we created models of classic 17th-century houses and then got hands-on with some fire experiments to see how they’d hold up. It was a mix of history and science as we tried to understand why the Great Fire of… Read more: The Great Fire of Dore
  • The History Van visit with Mrs Pepys
    This week, we had an exciting visit from the History Van. We were transported back in time as we explored the fascinating details of the Great Fire of London. This immersive experience allowed uss to witness and engage with historical artifacts, bringing the events of 1666 to life in our very own school.
  • Aztec collages
    The Year 6s have been learning how Aztec artisans created mosaics using semi-precious stones, such as jade and turquoise. In our art lessons, we focused on the elements of space, colour and shape to create these stunning pieces:
  • Y4 End of Year D&T and Outdoor Learning
    To finish off an amazing year in Y4, we managed to squeeze in some activities that we had wanted to do in earlier learning journeys but didn’t manage to fit in. The first was thinking back to our ‘Legendary Legionary’ learning journey, then studying how the Romans developed the use of arches to create stable… Read more: Y4 End of Year D&T and Outdoor Learning
  • Y4 Visit to Burbage Valley
    To support our learning in Geography of maps and settlements, and History about Roman roads and bridge-making, Y4 hiked from Ringinglow along the Houndkirk Road, then down through Burbage Valley across the packhorse bridge and up to Carl Wark and then Higger Tor. Whilst walking, we investigated why some people think that the Houndkirk Road… Read more: Y4 Visit to Burbage Valley
  • Y4 English – Writing Immersion
    To support our writing sequence where children wrote a story about the Iceni tribe burning down London, Y4 enhanced their writing by generating vocabulary for their senses whilst experiencing a real open fire. Back in the classroom a carousel of learning and facts allowed children to collect information and generate ideas for what sort of… Read more: Y4 English – Writing Immersion
  • Y5 Castleton Visit
    Y5 had a great trip out to Castleton last week. The children visited Peveril Castle and learnt about the history of the castle and how it was built in the wake of the Norman Conquest (when William the Conqueror came to the throne). The children were able to link this with their learning in relation… Read more: Y5 Castleton Visit
  • Y4 Legendary Legionary Day
    To support our learning in history, design and technology, art and design, PE and outdoor learning, Y4 spent the day imagining and experiencing life as Roman legionaries. They set up camp using our outdoor learning tarps, then created shield designs using classical ideas to represent the type of soldier they were. Next came military practice… Read more: Y4 Legendary Legionary Day
  • Y4 Roman Road Making
    To support our understanding of Roman technologies, Y4 spent an afternoon learning about how the Romans built layers up to create their famous road system. We found out about the different materials used, then went outside and had a go a creating mini ones of our own.
  • Philosophy for Children (P4C) – Black Lives Matter
    As part of our Ancient Egypt and Mists of Time Learning Journeys we have been think about how humans evovled in Africa and spread around the world. Last lesson, we considered, if in fact we were all Africans? Today we moved on to thinking why the Black Lives Matter movement started and why it was… Read more: Philosophy for Children (P4C) – Black Lives Matter
  • How to mummify a body!
    There were lots of children that the teachers wanted to mummify so we acted this out!• Taking out the organs• Covering in salt• Adding jewelry• Replacing eyes• Covering in bandages and a shroud• Reading spells• Adding amulets• Taking to the tomb for the funeral After drafting the instructions in our English books, we wrote these… Read more: How to mummify a body!
  • Y1
    Year 1 have enjoyed learning about the King’s Coronation!!
  • Year 1: History
    Year 1 have been Paleontologist’s learning about Mary Anning and discovering fossils!
  • Ancient Egypt Scale model
    To kick off our Leaning Journey, Year 3 worked together to make a scale model of Ancient Egypt. It included: The River Nile Delta Fertile land Red Sea Mediterranean Sea Eastern and Western Deserts So many monuments! It was super lesson using history, geography, art and design skills as well as working together using the… Read more: Ancient Egypt Scale model