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Garlinge Primary School and Nursery, Westfield Road, Margate, Kent, CT9 5PA


At Garlinge Primary School and Nursery, History is taught as a lead subject in a cross curricular way, with History as the lead subject for three terms of the year. Through History teaching in our school, we follow the main aims from the National Curriculum for History which are:

  • To know and understand the history of Britain as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day.
  • To know and understand how people's lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  • To know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind.
  • To gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as 'empire', 'civilisation', 'parliament' and 'peasantry'.
  • To understand 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 written narratives and analyses.
  • To understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

Early Years
The teaching of history in reception will be in accordance with the Early Learning Goals, further information can be obtained in the Early Years Foundation Stage Policy

At Key Stage 1 pupils are taught about:

  • Changes within living memory.
  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

At Key Stage Two history is taught through a combination of overview and depth studies which are allocated across each year group as follows:

Yr.3 Yr.4 Yr.5 Yr.6
The achievements of the earliest civilizations
Ancient Egypt
Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age Britain's settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots A study of an aspect or theme in British history extends chronological knowledge beyond 1066
World War 2-linked to centenary.
Ancient Greece Roman Empire and its impact on Britain Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor A non-European society - one study
Mayan civilization c. AD 900;

Opportunities are provided for children to learn from a range of sources of evidence. Books, maps, documents, pictures, photographs, artefacts, paintings, oral sources and music are used to enable children to investigate the past. ICT links are explored and children regularly use a range of ICT resources in history lessons.

Educational visits and visitors are organised where appropriate to enhance children's learning and opportunities to commemorate anniversaries of key historical events are encouraged through whole school events.

Remembrance Day - 2023

The pupils and staff of Garlinge Primary School and Nursery continued their annual tradition of commemorating Armistice Day at school on Friday 10th November. During the week, the children and staff were able to purchase poppies and Remembrance merchandise, raising an amazing £365. 

The whole school gathered for a special Remembrance assembly where our Head Boy, Michuki and our Deputy Head boy, Khalique, read the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. This was followed by the poem, ‘For the Fallen’ which was read by Head Girl, Elleanor, and Deputy Head Girl, Brooke. This led into a very touching playing of The Last Post by Mr Shephard, and a perfectly observed two minutes silence. 

Following this, the Head Boy and Girl, along with their Deputies, accompanied Mrs Northrop (Head of School) and Mrs Greenfield (history lead) to the war memorials in Westgate and St James’ Church, Garlinge, where wreaths were laid on behalf of the school community, thanking people for their sacrifice. 

Remembrance Day

In November, pupils from across the school took part in the annual remembrance day. Classes were able to commemorate the centenary since the end of World War 1, with year 6 taking their learning outside and Foundation Stage creating some fantastic art that displayed in the playground.

Year 6 Dover Castle Trip

Year 6 were lucky enough to spend a lovely sunny, yet blustery day down at Dover Castle on 23rd November. They learnt about the tunnels and how they were used during the war, as well as visiting the castle. It was great for them to see their history learning come to life and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all.