Here at J H Godwin, the intent of the history curriculum is to provide access to a range of sources in order for children to develop their reasoning skills. History must provide children with the skills to question, debate and interpret the past in order to develop their understanding of the present. Through history, the pupils are exposed to a variety of other cultures and ideas, as well as being introduced to the concept of bias and the importance of examining the credibility of information sources. Our history curriculum reflects British values, helping to develop an understanding of the national identity through study of key areas and themes of British history.

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We do this by:

Providing all pupils with equal access to a rich, broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum matched well to their ages, abilities, interests, aptitudes and special needs.

Increasing pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding as they grow and develop and increase their connections with the world around them.

Carefully planning our curriculum to ensure that learning is continuous and that pupils make good progress with the development of their learning.

Engaging the children’s interest and to encourage and motivate them to want to learn. In many instances the children will be partners in planning their curriculum.

Teaching an exciting curriculum and offering pupils lots of first-hand experience to reinforce their learning and to underpin their growing knowledge, skills and understanding of the world, which will prepare them to be active members of a future community.

Opening their eyes to awe and wonder and cause them to marvel at the incredible and fantastic world in which they live.


How do we teach History at J H Godwin?

Following the National Curriculum, the children are captured and immersed in the subject of history through a Topic. Ensuring the progression of skills is scaffolded with knowledge organisers, vocabulary lists, visitors and trips, our children are taken on a journey of identity.  History is often linked to geography, English and science to create a broad and balanced curriculum. In the Foundation Stage, children need to be able to talk about some past and present events in their lives and the lives of people around them. History is planned for using the Early Learning Goals for Knowledge and Understanding of the world.



See document 'EYFS' at the bottom of this page to read what History looks like in Early Years and how it links to the KS1 and KS2 curriculum. 


Word Aware

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Historical terms are taught and modelled using Word Aware strategies. Learning environments are used to encourage learning of new and challenging vocabulary. Please take time to view the files below where you will find vocabulary support for your child at home.


Computing and Curriculum Links

Links with other curriculum areas, especially English, Maths and ICT are utilised through engaging activities planned by the teacher.  Pupils are given opportunities, where appropriate, to develop and apply their information technology capability in their study of geography.  

Below are some really useful websites to support your child's learning:

KS1: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zkqmhyc

KS2: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zcw76sg



By understanding the past lives of significant people and events locally and globally and how this impacts their lives now children are taken on a journey of discovery of themselves and others. Through the learning opportunities children are able to express and articulate the human condition by making links and comparing civilizations through time. 

How can you support your child's learning?

You can help to continue to encourage your child's love of history at home! We are so lucky to live close to so many fanstical historical places. Below are links to opportunities for developing your child's historical knowledge in the local area:


Files to Download

Contact the School

J H Godwin Primary School

Melbourne Road
Headteacher: Mrs L Cartledge

Main Contact: If you would like to contact someone at school for help with anything please ring and speak to Mrs S Jefferson or Mrs K Bickerton in the office

Tel: 01244 259 666

SEN Contact: Mrs E Cornish SENDCO - via admin@jhgodwin.cheshire.sch.uk

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