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Learning from the past

Our aim, in History, is to ensure that our pupils, over their time at Preston Hedges, clearly understand key historical moments in British and world history, and understand the significant legacy that we build upon in modern times.

Through celebration days, trips and visits, and a bespoke curriculum, we provide children with engaging and memorable experiences, whilst building knowledge and developing strong enquiry processes.


A journey from prehistory to modern times

Our History curriculum takes children on a journey from prehistory to modern times, covering:

  • Royal rulers and how they impacted the lives of people living in those periods
  • Explorers who took journeys into the unknown, and how this changed the lives of people in that time and beyond
  • Key historic periods in Britain, and in the local area of Northamptonshire
  • How the British Isles were shaped by our Roman and Viking conquerors; battles and resistance, key individuals and what life was like for the Britons and the Celts
  • What ancient civilisations looked like, how they were ruled, how they lived and traded; what they achieved and the impact of this on future civilisations
  • How the Great Wars (1 & 2) came about, the role of leaders and parliament; impact on life for those at home and abroad; similarities and differences in the wars
  • The Sixties in the USA / Vietnam and the Peace Protest; understanding key events that led to the Vietnam War, how this impacted those living in Vietnam then and now; comparing this to previous learning of World War 1 & 2, exploring opposing viewpoints and recognising cause and consequence

We seek to build links for our children as they gain knowledge, so that by the end of their time at Preston Hedges School they can:

  • Understand different models of leadership and government
  • Be discerning about historical sources and recognise the impact of partiality within this
  • Recognise similarities and differences across historical periods
  • Ask questions and make judgements based on evidence
  • Recognise that modern life has been built on the success and failures of a significant period of human history

Alongside their substative curriculum knowledge, children are encouraged to develop their historical enquiry knowledge year on year, to ensure they advance year on year their ability to analyse and interpret history, and work as historians.

Each year we build on previous knowledge, enabling children to evaluate that year’s area of learning against their growing body of historical knowledge. Staff continously assess our pupils to further support or challenge each child’s learning as appropriate to ensure a personalised learning journey.


Critically evaluating the past

Our fun, creative lessons nurture a love for history, and an appreciation for its impact on (and relevance in) modern society. Our bespoke curriculum exposes children to a range of viewpoints and, as a result, they are encouraged to develop an individual, evaluative perspective of the decisions made in the past, whilst understanding the importance of perspective and objectivity.

Children develop the confidence, skills and enthusiasm to delve deeper into our world’s rich and diverse history as they embark on their learning journeys in a range of further education settings.



Welcome to our outstanding primary school. Founded on the principles of Fun, Creativity and Achievement, ours is a very special school where children are encouraged to thrive socially and academically.


Year on year


Alongside academic achievement, this gives every child at Preston Hedges School the opportunity to fulfil their own unique potential. The result? Children at our school consistently outperform their peers – both regionally and nationally – and many go on to win places at the country’s most prestigious secondary settings.


Happy, Confident Learners

Inspired by the philosophy of Fun, Creativity and Achievement.

Curriculum content is rigorously planned to ensure all children engage in lessons and consolidate their learning with clear intentions.

Throughout the school, each year group’s learning is documented and displayed through celebratory Floor Books where QR codes and final pieces of work demonstrate each topic’s implementation, progressive journey and learning impact.


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