The Russell School

Aim High, Have Courage, Be Kind


At The Russell School we aim to give children the opportunity to develop their sense of identity through learning about the development of Britain, Europe and the world. We want our pupils to gain an understanding of history and develop their interest in people and occurrences of the past. It is our goal to inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past.

During Key Stage 1 pupils learn about important historical events and periods in history as well as people’s lives and lifestyles. They will be given the opportunity to: find out about significant men, women, children and events from the past, including those from both Britain and the wider world; listen and respond to stories and use sources of information to help them ask and answer questions; learn how the past is different from the present.

During Key Stage 2 pupils continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history and will learn about significant people, events and places. They will be given the opportunity to: learn about change and continuity in their own area, in Britain and in other parts of the world; look at history in a variety of ways, e.g. political, economic, technological and scientific, social, religious, cultural or aesthetic perspectives; use different sources of information to help them investigate the past both in depth and overview, using dates and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments; learn that the past can be represented in different ways e.g. pictures, plays, films, reconstructions, museum displays, fictional and non-fiction accounts. They are given regular opportunities to note connections, contrasts and trends over time and to question chance, cause, similarity and difference and significance of events and periods in history.

Children in Year 5 take part on a three night residential to a Tudor Manor House to bring  their learning in history alive!