At Blakehill we believe that all pupils should be able to confidently communicate and recall knowledge about events in the past. We want pupils to learn historical skills such as: source work, using timelines, asking and answering questions and making comparisons. We believe that through using these key skills to learn facts, children will develop a love for history and remember more about the history of our world.

We want children to ask and answer questions about their topic and use primary and secondary sources to learn key facts and understanding of what it was like during their time period. Children will use timelines to develop chronological awareness and begin to make links between topics and events in order to notice patterns. We want children to apply this learning in order to make comparisons between events and topics so that they understand the impact that different historical events had.

We believe that by learning through skills based lessons, children will be engaged and will have a thirst for historical knowledge. Through developing this love for learning historical facts we believe that children will remember them and become historians of the future.


Children are taught a range of topics, with opportunities to explore both modern and ancient history. In all of their learning, we encourage our children to notice and comment on the difference between then and now and the time context of new topics is established in relation to periods of history they have already covered.

In Key Stage 1, children learn key facts about the history of Britain and our local area. They explore important places and people as well as significant events such as The Great Fire of London. Through these topics, our children have the opportunity to visit many places of historical interest such as Skipton Castle and Saltaire as well as make visits to museums in order to expand on the learning they have been doing in the classroom. 

In Key Stage 2, our children explore the history of an aspect of our local area in more detail, learn about key events in British history and how that changed the way our country developed as well as learn about the ancient history of Egypt, Greece and the Mayan civilisation. Through their learning they participate in role play, benefit from in school visits and go on trips to local museums or sites of interest such as: Eden Camp,  Danelaw, Yorkshire Coal Mining Museum and Bradford Industrial Museum to enrich their experiences and learning.

We have carried out pupil surveys and asked our children what they do in history. Here is some of what they had to say: 
"we look at pictures and write using that" Priya Year 6
"we look up our own facts on the iPads or on the computer" Bethany Year 6
"ask questions then use iPads to solve them" Jasper Year 4
"use timelines to put stuff in order" Oscar Year 4
"use drama to learn about the pharoahs" Oscar Year 4
"we use iPads, videos, pictures and secondary sources to find out about the past” Taylor Year 6

“I like investigating things in partners” Elana Year 5


“If we had lost the Battle of Stamford Bridge we wouldn’t have what we have now. We’d have different rulers” Ellis Year 6


Black History Month - Africa
For Black History month, we focused on the continent of Africa and learnt about key figures in African history. We kick started it with a visit from Zulu Nation.
Learning and Trips
Have a look at pictures of the learning and trips we have carried out as part of our topics in school.