Like Geography, we use History as a ‘driver’ subject where the over-arching theme interlinks with other subjects.  To enhance our school community, pupils learn together as a Key Stage to create a community of learning across school.  In Key Stage 1, a two year rolling programme is adopted whereas in Key Stage 2 a four year rolling programme is adopted.

At Gillibrand, we understand that children are naturally inquisitive, and we aspire to develop this through the teaching of history by developing our pupils’ historical enquiry skills.  We understand the importance of chronology and building upon prior knowledge and understanding whilst comparing and contrasting historical periods.  Therefore, each cohort has its own visual timeline that is transferred form class to class as pupils progress through the school.

To enhance the curriculum further, we engage children with a stimulating and exciting topic introduction, and where possible use trips and visitors to provide specialist knowledge and understanding of the area of study.  We value our local heritage and history, and create links that are relevant and meaningful within the children’s own community.  For example, pupils’ study of a significant person in Key Stage 1 has been chosen as Sir Henry Tate, famous for being a sugar merchant and establishing the Tate Galleries.  In addition, we use links with Astley Hall to develop understanding of Tudors and Victorians, exploring changes over time.  During war time studies pupils explore the history of local Chorley war veterans and our Year 3 class annually visit the local cenotaph and, where possible, take part in the Remembrance Day Ceremony.


Key Stage 1




Changes within living memory


Toys and Technology

Events beyond living memory

First Flight

Amelia Earhart, Amy Johnson

Great Fire of London

Significant Individuals

Marie Curie

Local History

Sir Henry Tate









Key Stage 2





The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain


A local history study – Tudors linked to Astley Hall


Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world.



A local history study – World War 1 and 2


Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age


Great Artists, architects and designers in history (Art and design – great artists, architects and designers in history)


Music through ages (Music: develop an understanding of the history of music)




Ancient Civilizations


The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain


Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Scots: Britain’s Settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots.  The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom to the time of Edward the Confessor


Mayans - A non- European society that provides contrast with British history