“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

Marcus Garvey



The Bowness Primary School history provision develops a passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning across the year groups. Our pupils will explore the past, developing their own historical curiosity and understanding of why the past can be interpreted in different ways. They will enjoy learning about a range of periods from history, gaining an understanding of a variety of historical concepts and processes. They will learn to challenge their own and others’ views and preconceptions through appropriate and accurate historical enquiry; using a range of sources including quality teaching, trips, visits and themed days. Our curriculum will encourage children to explore history through methods such as thoughtful discussion, questioning and analysis. As a result of this, Bowness pupils will leave with the skills to understand the complexity of people’s lives and identify themes and patterns through history as well as linking these to the challenges of their time.

At Bowness Primary School, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our History key concepts and ideas are:

  1. Children will learn about how people’s lives have shaped the nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. (Global Citizenship)
  2. Children will have a deep understanding of significant aspects of history of the wider world including leaders and leadership, innovation, economy and lifestyle. (Global Citizenship)
  3. Children will be competent in methods of historical enquiry, including how to use primary and secondary sources. (Future Readiness)
  4. Children will be equipped to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgements. (Communication and Language, Global Citizenship, Future Readiness)
  5. Children will develop confidence in orating and debating historical issues and evaluate historical interpretations. (Communication and Language. Future Readiness)

*Links to Core Values


Characteristics of a Historian

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
  • The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry. 
  • A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develop their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways. 
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgments.
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.

Aspirations for the Future

Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs. 
Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Historian:
  • Member of Parliament
  • Curator
  • Publicity Assistant
  • Tour Guide
For more careers, please visit First Careers.
History Long Term Plan
National Curriculum: Programme of Study 
History Curriculum Intent Statement