Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School

Learning for the Head, Heart and Hand




At Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School, we hold our four values very dearly; compassion, curiosity, resilience and collaboration.  Through looking at the past these values, and the very real changes and effects that those same values can have on the world, are made clear. 

In the study of History these same values are wonderfully developed in our pupils. Compassion, as we relate to the lives and hardships of those living through a war; curiosity, as we raise a question wondering why Samuel Pepys chose to bury his cheese; resilience, when we realise further research is needed to help us to decide the reasons for the end of the Maya civilisation; and, collaboration, as we work together in a group to prepare a debate about the existence of King Arthur.

Whilst part of our History curriculum certainly is learning facts, as a school we strive to build young Historians confident in the key historical concepts of chronological understanding, source analysis and interpretation, and historical enquiry.  So it is not just historical knowledge, but a set of truly applicable skills that our pupils are able to take with them as they move onto senior school and into the wider world beyond.

History Sequence of Learning