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"Jesus came to give fullness of life" John 10:10



At Idle, we aim for children to have a rounded and cohesive knowledge and understanding of our world in the past and today. Children will know how periods of history link together with geographical locations as well as features influencing the development of civilisation and culture.

Children will experience the opportunities to develop skills, progressing as they move through Idle, focusing on:

  1. Chronology
  2. Historical enquiry
  3. Continuity, change, cause and effect
  4. Daily life, technology and power


We equip children with the skills they need to be historians through:

  • Asking and reflecting on historical questions
  • Investigating a range of historical sources and interpretations
  • Talking about what the sources and interpretations show us
  • Using key historical vocabulary
  • Building our understanding of chronology
  • Considering the ideas, beliefs and attitudes of people in the past
  • Talk about things that have changed and things that have stayed the same over a period of time
  • Talking about why things have happened in history
  • Talking about why some people, events and places are significant

We do this by

  • Opening our children's eyes to the history that is all around them within our local community and the wider world,
  • Being historical detectives,
  • Bringing history to life through immersive days, visits and visitors to provide relevant and contextual learning,
  • Using sources such as reading, watching films, looking at evidence from the past and listening to people’s stories,
  • And using a variety of sources to make history exciting and creative.



As historians at Idle, pupils will ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

We empower ourselves as historians when we:

  • Express our learning in a variety of ways
  • Walk in other people’s shoes and imagine how the times shaped their lives.
  • Are inspired to become world changers
  • Understanding how history has impacted the lives of everyone today

We will see this through children reviewing their own successes at the end of a session and will be actively encouraged to identify their next steps with support from teachers. Children will reflect at the end of topics, asking what they have learnt compared to their starting points.