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Wickham Market Primary School

Opportunity and enrichment for pupils and staff



At Wickham Market we intend to:-

  • Plan and teach from a spiral curriculum using Chris Quigley Essential curriculum, which builds knowledge and skills over a two year cycle (milestones)
  • Develop the children’s understanding of local historical people and places. 
  • Create an immersive experience to learning a period in time by linking history to other areas of the curriculum.
  • Provide opportunities to attend trips which will deepen their understanding of history within a local and national context.
  • Give the children access to visitors who enrich their learning further
  • Teach children the skills to become a historian.
  • Develop and extend the vocabulary of children


Class teachers have carefully chosen historical topics which will inspire and excite the children. The topics are taught over a two year cycle (Year A and B). We use progression grids to ensure there is clear skills, knowledge and vocabulary progression throughout school.   We have taken the children’s local context into account and ensured opportunities to study history within our own locality are accessible. The objectives are taken from a spiral curriculum which builds on prior knowledge and skills. The class teachers choose topics which will help feed into future learning. Where possible, we will expose the children to different cultures, races and religions in order to broaden their understanding of historical figures and their impact on modern Britain. The children will have access to extend their learning of the topic within other subject areas when it is purposeful and further embeds knowledge to create more of an immersive experience. Where appropriate we use historical artefacts, visitors, workshops and visits to excite and intrigue our children to find out more about events and people from the past.  We aim to give our children as much understanding as possible about what it was like to be around at a particular period in history by having practical and experiential lessons where possible.



Through the high quality first teaching of History taking place we will see the impact of the subject in different ways.

Through pupil voice children will be able to talk about the skills and knowledge they have acquired. Children will be engaged in History lessons and want to find out more. Children will complete research independently through projects and homework in KS1 and KS2 and to further their own enjoyment about the subject or topic.

Work will show that a range of topics is being covered, cross curricular links are made where possible and differentiated work set as appropriate.

The school environment will be history rich through displays, resources, vocabulary etc.

As historians, children will learn lessons from history to influence the decisions they make in their lives in the future. Assessments and monitoring will show standards in History will be high and will match standards in other subject areas.