At the Mead Trust we intend to develop young historians and ignite children’s curiosity about the past. 

Through historical enquiry, children develop an understanding of the history of South West England (from Stonehenge to life in contemporary Bristol and Bath), Britain and that of the wider world, including ancient civilisations. Key to this is the children’s understanding of the chronology of history and the overarching concepts of the subject:  

  • Artefacts and evidence  
  • Chronology 
  • Cause and consequence 
  • Continuity and change  
  • Similarity and difference  
  • Significant people/events  
  • Diversity

In line with the National Curriculum 2014 our teaching aims to: 

  • Equip pupils with the skills, knowledge and understanding to: ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement
  • Deepen children’s learning and enable them to make connections across historical time periods
  • Support children to understand, with empathy, the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time
  • Develop their historical knowledge through a curriculum spiral which provides the building blocks of prior knowledge and ever deepening understanding

Key Stage 1 History Timeline >

Key Stage 2 History Timeline >

Timeline appendices >

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots

Marcus Garvey

Intent, Implementation, Impact

Find out more about our approach to the intent, implementation, and impact of teaching History

History archive