At Laurel Avenue, we don’t view History as simply facts and dates, but see it as a chance to become a detective and explore the past in an exciting way. 

History is taught through topics using a skills based curriculum which encourages children to think as historians. We encourage children to examine historical artefacts and primary sources. In each Key Stage we give children the opportunity to visit sites of historical significance and encourage visitors to come into the school and talk about their experiences of events in the past.

Children learn to value their own and other people’s cultures by considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today. 

History allows our children to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about historical characters and expand their research skills. Children investigate and record their findings using a variety of media: through literacy, drama, art and ICT.

We want our children to be open minded and enquiring thinkers understanding cause and effect. We want them to understand how people have lived in the past and begin to make links between the past and modern times. We encourage first-hand experience wherever possible; field work visits, interactive workshops and visiting experts play an important role in all year groups. 

All topics are reviewed yearly and changed to meet the interests of the children, the requirements of the curriculum and topical events or current issues in the wider world.

For further information on the current years’ topics please see individual Class areas.