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Branston Church of England Infant Academy

'The Best We Can Be'


At Branston Church of England Academy, we shape our History curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for History; ensuring the progressive development of History concepts, knowledge and skills.





History is all around us! It is essentially about the study of past events, significant people and change over time.



Our intent, when teaching history, is to ignite in children a curiosity about the past. 

At Branston Church of England Infant Academy, our history curriculum is designed to develop our school values:

Love, Kindness, Honesty, Forgiveness, Perseverance and Respect.


Within our History Curriculum:

  • Children ask and answer questions about the past and present, developing their inquisitive minds. Children are encouraged to enquire and infer, becoming active learners with a love of History. 
  • Through finding out about how and why our world and local community have developed over time. Children understand how the past influences the present, giving them an understanding of the passing of time.
  • Children develop a context for their growing sense of identity, a sense of who they are locally and their place in the world, a chronological framework for their knowledge and significant events and people. This gives children the opportunity to reflect on their personal choices, attitudes and values.  


In the EYFS, History is covered within the specific area of 'Understanding the World', although aspects of historical teaching will naturally occur within other strands.

From discussing the past in relation to themselves and their families, to beginning to understand the impact history has had upon their surroundings and daily lives, the children leave EYFS ready for the next stage of their history journey - curious, questioning and enthusiastic. 

In Key Stage One, children learn history skills and knowledge through many different methods, with an emphasis on visual and hands on learning. Using historical artefacts, visitors, workshops and visits to excite and intrigue our children to find out more about events and people from the past. Considering the school's own context, visits to the local area and use of local artefacts, such as maps and photographs are used where possible. Our history content is often backed up via links to the English curriculum through a variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction. 

Children continue building upon their knowledge of chronology by making links to prior learning, enabling children to begin to view events in a wider context and not always necessarily as independent sections of time. 

  • Children develop an awareness of where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework. 
  • Use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms, common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. 
  • They identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods and to the present.


As historians, the vast majority of pupils have learnt key skills that they can use and apply in other areas.

Some pupils have a greater depth of understanding.

Pupils at Branston C of E Academy will know more about significant individuals and historical events in the past. 

We Love History!