At Stanley Park Junior School, we have developed our History curriculum so children know and understand about the past in Britain and the wider world. It helps them to realise the process of change and how this has shaped many aspects of our world today. Children are taught a wide range of historical topics, spanning different periods and places through the use of primary and secondary sources. Our emphasis is on innovative teaching with cross-curricular links to ensure that children not only learn content but also skills such as historical enquiry and a sense of chronology and curiosity.

History fires children’s curiosity about the past. It encourages their thinking about how the past influences the present helping them develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. History helps children form a sense of identity and understanding of their place in their own community and the world. They develop a range of skills to investigate and present their findings while developing empathy and understanding.

History gives our pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding of the world around them and significant events that have happened in the past. History should inspire pupils' curiosity to know more about the past.

We enhance the children’s learning through exciting activities. The Stone Age comes to life when Ug visits and they get hands-on experience of ancient technology and skills, through role-play and using artefacts. Dressing up and a visit to Honeywood museum transports children back to Victorian times. Taking part in WWII day provides context and empathy. Experiencing building the great pyramid of Giza and being a mummy allows children to think like an Egyptian. Such events ensure that children truly enjoy their learning. These activities also inspire children to create some excellent homework projects! 

We teach children to realise that history is all around them, unfolding each day. Through lessons, visitors and trips they gain an understanding of people throughout history, the challenges they faced and how they overcame them.


The photographs of children actively participating in historical activities hopefully help to explain not only why so many pupils enjoy the subject at Stanley Park Junior School, but why history plays such an important role in their education and personal development and why the children do so well.


Subject Leader: Wendy Dixon

If you would like more information about how this subject is taught, please contact Mrs Dixon by emailing the school office at office@spjs.org