Aiming High Learning for Life


Through the teaching of history, we aim to stimulate the children's interest and understanding about the lives of people who lived in the past and how events in the past have influenced our lives today.

The children will study and look at a wide range of historical artefacts and primary sources to develop their skills to become able to analyse and comment on historical information. We also focus on helping children understand that historical events can be interpreted in different ways and that they should always ask questions about the information they are given, such as ‘how do we know?’

We also have links with the local museum and Bedford Chronicles, a group part of the Harpur Trust who work alongside our curriculum and help the children to learn more about the local history of Bedford.

To read about our most recent Remembrance assembly, please click here.

Curriculum Adaptations for September 2020/2021

The world as we know it is changing. The impact that COVID19 is having an impact on all of our lives. It is for this reason that we have reviewed our History units to accommodate the changes within our daily lives. Coronavirus will undoubtedly be remembered alongside other natural disasters and provides us with an opportunity, particularly in KS1, to learn about changes within living memory focusing on aspects of change in national life. 

Some of the big questions which can be factored into the units of work in KS1 include:

Changes within living memory

  • How schools have changed (Why do we sit in rows? Where has all of the play equipment gone at playtime? Assemblies.
  • Why can’t I visit my relatives, have a birthday party or go to the cinema?
  • How has the way we use technology changed? 
Significant local people
  • Who is Captain Tom Moore and why was he knighted?

Lives of significant individuals in the past

  • When learning about the lives of significant individuals in the past (Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole) we will be learning about how hospitals and nursing has changed and how nurses and the NHS have contributed to national achievements during this pandemic.

We have had to take into consideration the use of tangible resources and for this reason artefacts are not currently being used in KS1.  Due to the 2m social distancing rule the drama activities in history have had to be replaced by discussion and research. We have access to IPads during our lessons to facilitate this each of which is sanitised before and after use. Pupil voice continue to prove invaluable as the children themselves are living through the pandemic and are themselves writing history.

In Key Stage Two, all history topic artefacts and books are shared across each year group. They are allocated to one class, signed out by staff and then returned and quarantined for 72 hours prior to being used by the next class. Children will also have access to IPads to conduct research, each of which is cleaned before and after use.