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“Our mission is for all pupils to achieve their personal best in a nurturing and spirited environment, becoming kind and ambitious members of their local and wider communities.”


History at Shardlow allows children to become:

  • Confident – children develop their long-term historical skills and can write and talk confidently about world events and the people involved.
  • Independent – children can use their skills learnt in history across other curriculum areas.
  • Motivated – children want to understand and learn more about the world around them, and also their place within it.
  • Open-minded – children respect and embrace diverse places and people, and understand how previous events have shaped the world they live in today.
  • Responsible and Respectful – children are respectful of the people they learn about and know how to act responsibly, playing their part in their own history.


At Shardlow Primary School we provide a broad and balanced curriculum for History which fulfils the requirements of the New Curriculum.  We build on the natural curiosity children have for the world in which they live and the past they share, by basing lively, stimulating work on active experience and direct enquiry, whenever possible.  The local environment, which is rich in history, is used for study when appropriate.  History is explored as a cross-curricular topic whenever possible.  It is our policy to present a balanced, non-stereotyped, view of history.  We endeavour to present more than one viewpoint and encourage children to express their own opinions about events in the past.

A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. 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.

History Overview at Shardlow Primary School