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Dogsthorpe Academy

History in action


We aim to immerse ourselves as life-long learners with historical visits, visitors and immersive experiences which allows our children to get a feel as to what life was like in the period which they are learning about. This allows the children the opportunity to better understand each topic or significant figure and delve deeper into their lives or era.

When planning school trips, we aim to ensure that the children can access local amenities and resources to make the topic more relevant to them. For example, Peterborough Museum brought different fossils in for our Year 6 cohort based on their topic Darwin's Delights. Furthermore, Year 5 attended Peterborough Cathedral to watch a service to celebrate the life of Catherine of Aragon.

It is important that we utilise History across the curriculum, using other subjects such as English, Maths and Art wherever possible and appropriate. Children are always encouraged to describe themselves as historians and use the skills they learn throughout the school curriculum. Our children will be able to learn to form appropriate judgements that are backed up by fact and detail.


By the end of the KS2 curriculum, pupils will have a good understanding of ordering events chronologically based on local, British and world history. They will be able to use appropriate vocabulary based on connections and trends over time periods and be able to devise and create questions about change, cause, similarity and difference over time. Children should be able to construct answers using facts learned in history lessons and use relevant historical information to show that their answers are correct and factually accurate. The children will be able to understand that the facts which we have learnt about are found using a range of sources and be able to describe the validity of different sources based on different factors.