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History is held in high regard at Maltby Manor Academy, with the school’s own rich history within the context of the local area a very much celebrated and inspiring feature of the local community.

The History curriculum exploits resources within the immediate and wider local area enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history surrounding them. This includes studying Maltby’s mining heritage in Year 3, visiting York to study the impact of the Romans in Year 4 and a residential to Bamburgh in Year 5 to contextualise the plight of the Saxons and the Vikings.

The History curriculum is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to, and builds on, previous learning; and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy in an engaging and exciting manner. We aim for the children to have an understanding of the wider world’s role in global events (such as World Wars) and be able to assess this against the role of Britain itself.

In line with the National Curriculum 2014, the curriculum 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 unique identity and the challenges of their time.


The teaching and learning of History is planned using the National Curriculum and progression of skills documents, with anything not directly linking being taught discretely. The children become historians whilst exploring a historical inquiry and have access to quality artefacts, primary and secondary sources. Throughout the half term there is an enquiry question to research and explore.

In EYFS, history presents itself within the ‘Understanding the World’ Early Learning Goal. Children are expected to observe people and places within their immediate environment and be able to talk about their similarities and differences. Children are also expected to be able to talk about significant events within their own lives.

By the end of KS1, this progresses to learning about events beyond living memory that are commemorated through anniversaries or festivals. In addition, children in KS1 study the lives of significant individuals from the past such as Queen Victoria.

In KS2, chronology is the main focus for the children to be able to place key events, people and changes in history on a timeline. Y3 start this journey exploring the Stone Age travelling through time chronologically to Y6 learning about 20th Century history.

We aspire to raise the cultural capital of the children through exposing them to a variety of meaningful experiences e.g. Creswell Crags, Beamish, the Holocaust Museum.