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'The study of what happened in the past - and why.'

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.' Churchill

Statement of Intent for the Teaching and Learning of History at Mellis CE Primary


At Mellis Primary School our History curriculum aims to inspire and ignite our pupils’ curiosity to know more about Britain’s past and the wider world. We are dedicated to enhancing children’s understanding about the life of people who lived before them, as well as educating them about the diversity of society and the process of change.

It is important to all staff that children enjoy, and love learning about history, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also taking part in educational trips and experience days. Our history curriculum will equip the children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgment.



  • Be taught the necessary context and knowledge that enables them to understand that historical events are connected and have legacy that extends into present.
  • Have a chronological understanding of British History from the Stone Age to present day, and study contrasting non-European civilisations
  • Be exposed to Key vocabulary that will be extended as children progress throughout year groups.
  • Be encouraged to develop their own lines of enquiry to enable a more tailored and in depth learning experience for pupils.


By the end of their time at Mellis, children will be equipped with historical skills and knowledge that enables them to understand how Britain and the wider world have changed over time. By the end of Year 6 children will have had multiple opportunities to identify bias and different points of view using various historical sources as well as developing their skills of leading their own lines of enquiry.

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