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Being a historian

‘We are not makers of history, we are made by history’

Martin Luther King, Jr

History fires pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. At Charlton pupils learn about how the past influences the present, what past societies were like and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions.


At Charlton Primary School, we aim to bring history to life by immersing children in realistic experiences both in school and on exciting educational visits linked to our topic areas. Our History curriculum and programme of study is designed to ignite children’s curiosity about the past through a topic-based approach and hands on experience wherever possible.


We are determined that alongside historical knowledge there is also a focus on the development of specific historical skills. High quality teaching of history should encourage pupils to ask questions, consider evidence, think critically, appreciate different perspectives and develop informed judgements.


History at Charlton Primary covers the knowledge and skills outlined in the National Curriculum through broad, challenging and inspiring topics. Subject overviews and ‘Learning Journeys’ plans ensure coverage of both the required knowledge and the subject specific skills. Our history curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to explore their own identity, for example, through local history topics. 



A topic-based approach is used to deliver the content within a meaningful context and wherever possible cross curricular links are exploited, particularly links with geography, British values and SMSC.


Our programme of study is intended to help pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups. We deliberately foster strong links with our PHSE curriculum and British Values. 





Charlton Primary School
OX12 7HG


01235 762861