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History gives children the opportunity to understand how the world has changed and developed and how it continues to do so.

It allows children to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of local, British and world history, building on their learning in EYFS, where children develop a sense of past and present, through stories and their own experiences.


At Becontree, pupils are encouraged to question their understanding of the past, allowing them to enjoy all that history has to offer. It helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.


Promoting Personal, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development and Fundamental British Values

History supports the spiritual development of pupils by giving them the opportunity to ask questions such as ‘why?’ ‘how?’ and ‘where?’ They are encouraged to become increasingly curious and develop an open-mindedness and tolerance for the suggestions of others and their views.


The teaching of History supports social development by providing opportunities for pupils to work collaboratively within lessons by discussing dilemmas. History provides the teaching of events, cultures and people of the world who might have shaped the development of ‘British’ culture that we know today.

History in Becontree Primary School

History Strategy Statement

School Overview History