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Welcome to Bickley Primary School's History Program! 

Our Approach to History Education 

At Bickley Primary School, we are passionate about providing a high-quality history education that sparks curiosity and fosters a deep understanding of Britain's past and the wider world. We believe in equipping our students with the skills to ask insightful questions, think critically, and develop a perspective on historical events. 

What and How We Teach 

We follow the National Curriculum for History, ensuring a well-rounded and relevant learning experience. 

Our topics, such as pre-history, Romans, and Anglo-Saxons, are carefully sequenced, linking to our local area to make history come alive for our students. 

We use the Chris Quigley scheme, organized into three milestones (Y1/2, Y3/4, Y5/6), providing depth and coverage of knowledge and skills. 

Skills learned in History are connected to our 'Habits of Mind,' fostering a holistic approach to learning. 

How Children Learn in History at Bickley 

History is taught explicitly in blocks, using the Chris Quigley overview grids as a foundation. This can be viewed here 


Every classroom features a timeline, aiding children's chronological understanding and connecting history to other subjects. 

Lessons are a mix of teacher-led and inquiry-based, promoting historical inquiry skills. 

The curriculum is differentiated for all abilities and activities are designed to engage all students actively. 

Practical activities, artifacts, and historical sources ensure a hands-on approach, making history enjoyable and accessible for everyone. 

Support for All Learners 

We are committed to inclusivity, adapting our approaches for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). 

Multi-sensory approaches, additional support, scaffolding tasks, and various assessment methods ensure that every child can participate and succeed. 

Assessment in History 

Teachers regularly mark work, referring to the Chris Quigley POP sheets. 

The two-year cycle focuses on 'Basic' and 'Advancing' skills in the first year, progressing to 'Advancing' and 'Deep' in the second year. 

This assessment approach aids continuity between teachers and supports ongoing improvement in historical understanding. 

Exploring History Beyond the Classroom 

For parents interested in supporting their child's history education, here are some recommended websites categorized by age group: 


BBC BitesizeHorrible Histories

National Geographic Kids

Ducksters - History for Kids


History for kids

Primary homework help

British Museum

BBC Bitesize

These websites offer engaging and age-appropriate content to supplement and enhance the learning experience in history for both KS1 and KS2 students. Always ensure that online activities are supervised for younger learners. 

History Vocab

History Skills

History Overview