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History at Codnor Primary School reflects the purposeful journey for the whole child. In History we encourage our students to think, act and speak like those working in a historical field would: to research thoroughly, to weigh-up evidence, to understand chronology, to evaluate interpretations and develop arguments - skills which are invaluable to their future lives in education and beyond. Our carefully structured history curriculum provides opportunities additional to the National Curriculum endpoints, to build cultural capital and, through exposure in history lessons to life-skills such as British Values, tolerance and empathy, enable pupils to become well-rounded members of society in preparation for later life.


  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
  • The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
  • A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgements.


Through sequences of lessons and topics, pupils' historical skills and concepts are built, reinforced, and transferred into other contexts, allowing children to deepen their understanding and remember what they learn.

Our pupils leave Codnor Primary School with the knowledge to think, act, and speak like a historian, and they value the transference of these skills into their everyday life, in education and beyond.