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History @ Denbigh CPS

At Denbigh, History is taught through a topic to provide children with cross-curricular opportunities. Our staff aim to inspire pupil’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Our curriculum is designed to give pupils a sense of identity by studying the past to understand the present and to inform the future. We encourage our pupils to be inquisitive by asking and answering questions, making predictions and reasoning with the teacher as the facilitator, con-contractor and co-participant to create young historians.


Our key concepts:

  • Interpreting evidence
  • Chronology
  • Changes and continuity
  • Cause and consequence
  • Significant people, places and events


In EYFS the children learn about their own history and events in their own past, which is relevant to them and gives them a sense of time. KS1 builds upon previous learning by continuing to look at events within their living memory and then beginning to extend this to look at events beyond their memory. Year 1 and 2 topics are linked to the local area and local historical famous people to make this meaningful for the children.


In key stage two history is taught in chronological order so that our children receive a coherent, chronological narrative from the earliest times to the present day. This affords our pupils the opportunity to make links and build on their previous learning.


We make every effort to develop meaningful and memorable links between subjects to give our pupils a cross-curricular context. Through our link with North Tyneside’s library service, we are able to immerse the children in their topics by using books and real artefacts in our classrooms. This allows the children to experience our topics first hand and puts it into a meaningful context for them allowing them to deepen their understanding of the topic. We create engaging lessons using drama and to reinforce their learning, we employ theatre groups and visitors to bring the subject alive. Visitors and educational trips are frequently used across the whole school where possible in every year group to allow the children first-hand experiences. Throughout the year we have special subject dress up days to fully immerse the children in their learning. As well as a whole school heritage day which children spend working alongside specialists from various local industries to give our children an insight into life in the past. Grandparents and great grandparents also play a vital part in this by coming along and sharing their experiences and stories, as well as allowing our children to ask questions about their lives.


Staff at Denbigh know that good History occurs in our school when:

  • It is led by the children, interests them and is memorable to them.
  • Children are talking, laughing, engaged and enjoying History through a range of interactive and practical activities.
  • Children are actively involved in their own learning, asking questions, looking for the answers and planning their own work.
  • History is differentiated and inclusive with children making progress throughout the lesson.
  • Good quality assessment and Assessment for Learning is used to inform planning and builds on children’s prior learning.


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This week the Dragons had a visit from ‘That History Bloke’ who brought in artefacts from Victorian times. We looked at different artefacts and tried to work out what job the person who used them would have done. #dcpsdragon #dcpshistory ... See MoreSee Less

On Monday Y2 were lucky enough to get a visit from That History Bloke Richard to learn more about the local area in the past, jobs from the past and an event which took place over 160 years ago. We loved exploring different artefacts and finding out about the Great Fire of Gateshead and Newcastle. Ask us about it.
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This afternoon the dinos have been creating ebooks about the famous diarist Samuel Pepys. We used lots of skills including adding in images, text and changing font. We are very proud of our achievements. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpscore #dcpshistory #dcpscomputing ... See MoreSee Less

The Whales had a great session with Commando Joe this week. They had to apply their knowledge of the Vikings to imagine the obstacles they might have had to overcome during their travels overseas. The children had to create a circuit to replicate a difficult journey in the sea. They applied their communication and problem solving skills very well #dcpswhale #dcpscore #dcpslotc #dcpshistory ... See MoreSee Less

Today we had That History Bloke come in and teach all of the children so many things about Ancient Greece. They played a Greek game, looked at some Greek artefacts and even wrote their own names in Greek using ink and bamboo! Then this afternoon we designed and started to make our very own Greek vase by researching what they looked like. I can’t wait to see the finished product! #dcpsgiraffe #dcpshistory #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Then this afternoon we had the fabulous That History Bloke to teach us all about Ancient Greece. We played Greek games, learned what is what like to be a Hoplite (Greek soldier) and even how to write our names using the Greek alphabet! We had such a fantastic day! #dcpselephant #dcpshistory #dcpstopic #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Elephants have had a brilliant Greek day today. This morning they researched, designed and began to make their Greek vases. #dcpselephant #dcpshistory #dcpstopic #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 had a fantastic Stone Age day. We researched Stonehenge and recreated it out of Bourbon biscuits. Then we cooked porridge and fish on the fire and had a go at building our own prehistoric houses. We had so much fun learning what it was like to live during the Stone Age #dcpshistory #dcpsturtle ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 are having a fantastic Stone Age day. We have spent the morning outside cooking porridge and fish on the fire, den building and lighting our own fires using flint. This afternoon we have been learning about Stonehenge and built our own out of Bourbon biscuits.
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Year 5 Dolphins have been enjoying their Commando Joe sessions. Today they had to transport different products from their Viking longboats onto dry land using their problem-solving and communication skills. #dcpsdolphin #dcpslotc #dcpspe #dcpsstem #dcpshistory #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Y6 are enjoying their Commando Joe lessons on a Monday. So far they have learnt how to communicate using signals, thought about flight, looked at how they could build an aeroplane and found out lots of interesting things about Amelia Earhart. #dcpslion #dcpslotc #dcpspe #dcpsstem #dcpshistory #dcpstopic #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Last week, the Year 6 Tigers conducted some research, using a range of sources, to find out about what life would have been like for a Victorian child. They found information about the schools, jobs and hobbies at the time before deciding whether or not they would have liked to have been a child during that era. #dcpshistory #dcpscore #DCPStiger Miss Stephenson ... See MoreSee Less

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