At Thanet Primary School, history is one of our children’s favourite subjects. Our aim is to foster in them, a love of finding out about the past that will allow them to better understand their lives today and which will help prepare them for the future.

We want our children to be curious about the past, always asking questions, and developing skills such as thinking critically, weighing evidence and developing perspective and judgement.

In history, we use an enquiry-based approach, which is all about using evidence and encouraging children to discover things for themselves. This approach encourages our children to develop skills as historians to use sources such as photographs, paintings, artefacts, letters, diaries and books to find out about the past. Even our youngest nursery children have opportunities to look at and handle objects from the past comparing them to objects from the present day. We also encourage grandparents and great grandparents to come into nursery to share their experiences.


In KS1, the children learn about the lives and achievements of famous people in the past such as Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong and about important events such as The Great Fire of London. In KS1, the children learn about significant historical events, people and places in their own locality for example Amy Johnson and her achievements.

In KS2, the children continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. They learn about the changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. They study Ancient Greece and its influence on the western world. They contrast the Mayan civilisation and see how it compares with British history. They also have the opportunity to learn about World War 2 and the impact of the war on Hull, Britain and the wider world.

Thanet Primary school is part of the Heritage Learning Service, which allows our children to take part in subsidised museum workshops and trips to the Hull Museums. At Thanet, we love to bring history to life by organising History Activity days, which includes dressing up, tasting food, learning songs and dances from a particular period. We also enjoy celebrating our learning in history by inviting parents in to watch our presentations and include history challenges in our homework.