History at Discovery

At Discovery, we believe that learning about significant events and people from the past helps to build in pupils the foundations for an inquisitive mind. We aim to develop critical consciousness by encouraging students to identify, evaluate and question evidence using a range of historical sources. We believe that history at Discovery should encourage students to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. 

Historical consciousness is about understanding the past so we are better adapted to live in the present. Pupils at Discovery connect with historic periods to understand their own place in the world. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. 

Historical enquiry is an important aspect of learning. We question traditional accounts of the past and raise an awareness of diversity in history. At Discovery, we aim to give pupils contrasting perspectives from the past, including from those that have traditionally been marginalised in history. Being exposed to a wide range of perspectives will, we believe, build on pupils’ interpretation skills. Discovery encourages children to compare and contrast historical accounts. Historians constantly question the past and children at Discovery will learn that historical accounts are constructions that can be questioned. 


Children begin their learning journey in EYFS by developing an understanding of the concept of time and the past. In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, history is taught in blocks. On their journey through the years, pupils will develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. They will know and understand some of the significant aspects of local, national and world-wide history. Children will gain an understanding of historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts — including through writing, images, verbal presentations and digital technology.  They will be encouraged to express their understanding and viewpoint on cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history. 



Children have real life experiences at Discovery Primary School. We believe we are privileged to live near some of the finest museums in the world. Year groups plan regular trips to museums throughout London to make the children’s learning more active and creative. At the school, we also have a range of artefacts that we encourage pupils to handle, analyse and engage with. School history workshops are planned for the pupils across the year groups.

Useful websites


https://www.historyforkids.net/ - This is a child friendly website where you can discover more about people and events from the past.


https://www.rmg.co.uk/national-maritime-museum – explore the National Maritime Museum on their interactive website.


https://www.britishmuseum.org/ - Explore the British Museum, which is one of the most famous and well-established history museums in the world.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z7svr82 -  BBC Bitesize has articles, images and interactive games to support you in your history learning.


https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/discover/history/ - The National Geographic Kids website will provide you with excellent information about the past.