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At Dymchurch, we teach history and geography through a topic approach and we build as many linked learning opportunities and real-life experiences into these sessions as possible. 


Topics are built around enquiry questions to pique children's interest and stimulate their inquisitive minds. We focus on the local area  during the Autumn term, Great Britain during Spring and investigate the wider world during the Summer. The topic units covered by each  year group can be found in the Topic overview. 

Our history intent:


  • We aim to deliver a high quality history curriculum that ignites children's curiosity about exploring the past, including their own history, British history and history of the wider world.

  • We aim to inspire children to find out more about people and events from the past and equip them with the skills they need to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence, and develop their historical perspective and judgment.

  • As well as developing children's historical knowledge there is also a strong emphasis on developing age appropriate understanding of chronology, historical interpretation and the skills of historical enquiry using a variety of sources.

  • We aim to provide children with hands on experiences and opportunities to explore the History of their local environment and community as much as possible.

  • History is taught through carefully selected topics that are designed to develop our children's interests in an engaging and motivating approach with cross-curricular opportunities.

  • We follow a planned progression of skills and knowledge, which relate to the objectives set out in the National Curriculum and EYFS Development Matters (Understanding the World), to ensure that children are embedding and building upon their learning as they move through each year group.