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Through our history teaching we are giving all students a broad and balanced view of the History of Britain and other societies. At Manor Park our intent is to improve children’s cultural capital, understanding of the world and their own heritage through a blocked teaching approach which retrieves and revisits themes such as Society and Community,  Exploration and Invasion, Power and Conflict and Disaster so that children can apply their knowledge to develop their skills as historians and build on their knowledge so that they are able to:

  • Develop into critical thinkers

  • Have a secure understanding of past events and their chronological position.

  • Discover connections between different events and how it has affected their local area.

  • Develop their skills of enquiry and gain the confidence to question events of the past.

  • Be able to develop their own opinions and ways of interpreting historical events.

Our curriculum aims to be aspiring, motivating and be knowledge rich. Knowledge organisers are revisited regularly to ensure children remember more. We strive to cover a wide range of historical events through the teaching of Historical skills. We motivate and excite children through engaging practical activities, trips and visitors while giving children the opportunity to investigate events and significant individuals from the past. 

History is brought to life by using artefacts and local studies to help develop an understanding of how our society and culture and that of others around the world have developed. Where possible visits are arranged so children can have ‘first hand’ experiences; the school is well placed to explore History locally, as there is a wealth of interesting archeological and historical sites and museums. We aim to inspire and enrich our young historians with visits to Maiden Castle, a Roman town house and Dorchester Museum, ‘Fire of Dorchester’ at Shire Hall, a visit to a Castle and to Lyme Regis to learn all about Mary Anning.


History Blocks

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4