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Being an Historian

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

At Millbrook 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 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 judgments. 

History at Millbrook 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 units.  Wherever appropriate, 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 PSCHE curriculum and British Values.

History Leadership Team 

Miss Rosie Meyer

Mr Rich Baish

History Curriculum matrix

History key concepts

History Big Six Vocabulary

Layer 1 - History Long-term plan


Millbrook School
School Lane, Grove
OX12 7LB


01235 764822