Thorp Primary School



At Thorp Primary School, we want children to develop an interest in the past, which arouses their curiosity and motivation to learn. As Historians, children gain knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and advance their chronological understanding. Children learn about the history of Royton and are able to describe the similarities and differences between then and now. We ultimately want children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.



Children in Reception will:

  • Comment on images of familiar situations in the past.
  • Compare and contrast characters from stories, including figures from the past.
  • Talk about the lives of people around them and their roles
    in society. 
  • Know some similarities and differences between things in the
    past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been
    read in class.
  • Understand the past through settings, characters and events
    encountered in books read in class and storytelling.

Key Stage 1

The children within KS1 will secure a firm foundation of knowledge and understanding on:

  • The world around them and their living memory of history before moving to events that go beyond living history.
  • The lives of significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements.
  • Key events in the past that are significant nationally and globally, particularly those that coincide with festivals or other events that are commemorated throughout the year.
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Key Stage 2

The History curriculum is set out in chronological order to reference the previous events in time and to refer to this prior learning year on year and within the year. The progression of skills is set out in order to build and develop the following:

  • Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past
  • Connection and historical links
  • Interpretation of history 
  • Historical skills and enquiry
  • Children are taught the sequence of knowledge and lessons will develop long term memory by allowing for repetition of learning year on year 
  • Key vocabulary is taught within the topic and reinforced subsequently. 


Our History Curriculum is high quality, well sequenced and planned to demonstrate progression. We believe that if children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
▪ A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
▪ Weekly flashbacks
▪ Pupil’s books
▪ Pupil discussions about their learning
Our history curriculum is also planned in a way which promotes the cultural capital of all our children. We enhance our curriculum especially for the most disadvantaged by organising workshops and visitors, organising History Enrichment days which focus on key historical events and promote careers in history. We also provide additional opportunities such as school trips to enrich pupil’s understanding and provide context through first-hand experiences of the periods of history they are studying.


Curriculum Road Map


Knowledge Organisers

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3


Year 4


Year 5


Year 6


Year 3 Annie Kenney Trip - 15.5.2023

As part of Year 3's History topic, the class visited the Annie Kenney statue in Oldham town centre and explored the Annie Kenney exhibition in Oldham Gallery.  


George Street Chapel