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CofE Primary School

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Our history curriculum is rich and inspiring in its content. Our history curriculum draws from - and makes full use of - the immediate and wider local area, enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality.

Areas of study are informed by the National Curriculum and are carefully planned to suit children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area. Our history curriculum is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy. In line with the National Curriculum, the curriculum at Barkston and Syston aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past;

  • Are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement;

  • Begin 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.


Our curriculum links to themes which children revisit many times throughout their time at our school. The key themes interwoven throughout our curriculum are:

  • Context and Chronology

  • Change and Continuity

  • Cause and Consequence

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