Curriculum subject leader: Miss Katie Saxon


The History Curriculum- 2020 and beyond

A historian at Maple Cross is inspired to gain a deep understanding of the past of their locality and the wider world. Through curiosity, critical thinking and interrogation of a wide range of evidence, children will gain robust knowledge and understanding of chronology and reflect on key leaders of the past and how they have shaped present day. They are curious about the past and inspired to build a robust knowledge of significant eras of the past and how they have shaped present day societies/life. They challenge perceptions, analyse change and question events.


The aim of the history curriculum at Maple Cross School is to raise children’s aspirations.

  • To question and challenge what has happened in the past
  • Aspire to positively impact the world they live in for now and the future
  • To learn from those who overcame adversity to achieve great impacts on local and local communities.


The history curriculum will recognise, acknowledge and celebrate the children’s various starting points and concurrently provide opportunities to broaden and enrich their horizons.

  • A rich, balanced and diverse curriculum that offers opportunities for all pupils regardless of starting points
  • A range of women and members of the B.A.M.E community will be celebrated and studied.
  • Children will have opportunities to explore personal connections within history as well as learning about those with differing experiences.


The structure of the history curriculum is informed by both professional research and the context, needs and interests of the children.

  • The school uses The History Association and other professional bodies to read and reflect upon.
  • Local experts and long standing members of the community are involved and engaged with wherever possible
  • Recent developments with the HS2 project have created new opportunities which have been exploited.


The history curriculum will focus on the growth of and deepening in knowledge, the development and application of skills, the exposure to challenging concepts and the exploration of values and attitudes.

  • The school has created a highly personalised curriculum to reflect the needs of our children in our unique context.
  • Books and reading permeate the history curriculum as well as opportunities to further explore key historical periods through our broad reading scheme.


Connections and links within and across the history curriculum will be made to promote and support learning. The curriculum will develop children as lead learners by developing inquisitive and curious minds and by providing them with opportunities to crucially reflect

  • Wherever possible links are made through all areas of the curriculum and this can be seen in planning across the school.
  • Local history and geography have overlapping themes in learning and the contextualised approach.


Click here to see the coverage of History across school.


Useful Websites links for pupils, parents and families

EYFS and KS1 BBC Bitesize
Great Fire of London

The British Museum schools sections has informative Power Points on many different topics.

KS2 BBC Bitesize
Ancient Greece

The British Museum schools sections has informative Power Points on many different topics.

Horrible Histories TV shows and clips
Women in history quiz