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History at Tower Road Academy



Aims of our history curriculum


At Tower Road Academy we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past. By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past through a range of sources, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically, in a range of ways and confidently using historical vocabulary. We aspire to enable children to work as historians: to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. We endeavour to teach children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups and the challenges of those times, and we believe it is crucial for the children to make connections between past events, people and features of past societies. 


We intend for our children to have real life experiences and learn about history in an active and creative way; links to other subject areas, including geography, RE, PSHE are developed and explored. Local history is particularly important to us; it is studied not only as a history ‘topic’, but also through links to the geography of our local area in understanding how, and why, the society, diversity and culture of our area has developed over time.


Whilst guided by the National Curriculum, we have designed our history curriculum carefully to ensure children have a clear understanding of the chronology of Britain’s history and that of the wider world, and to be able to make connections between periods of time and their influence on life today.


All of our units of history are investigated using an overarching enquiry question.  We believe this approach promotes curiosity, drives learning towards a clear outcome, and gives a purposeful context for the children to embed their learning, using knowledge, investigation and source interpretation.


How we implement our history curriculum at Tower Road


  • Knowledge organisers are used at home and in lessons to support the learning of new knowledge and tier 3 vocabulary related to the history topic.
  • Retrieval of previously learned content is frequent and regular, supporting pupils to discriminate between topics and aiding long term memory.
  • Displays and historical timelines are used consistently in classrooms to enable pupils to make links within topics, between topics, between subjects and deepen their understanding. 
  • We use a range of books and artefacts for children to explore and investigate as well as enabling children to gain ‘real life experiences’ from field work and school trips to inspire them.  We believe that seeing or handling real objects enhances the children’s historical knowledge, understanding and skills.

Year 1 Victorian Day 2021


When teaching history, artefacts, visitors or trips and themed days are used to bring the past to life.


History trips:

  • Year 1 - The Village Church Farm, Skegness (Victorians)
  • Year 2 - Boston local area and Lincoln Castle 
  • Year 3 - The Collection Museum, Lincoln (Ancients Greeks)
  • Year 4  – Viking fire pit (no trip)
  • Year 5 - Exploring local history/geography in Boston
  • Year 6 - East Kirkby (WW2)

We hope to have a visit from a mother and baby as part of Reception’s ‘Magnificent Me!’ topic where they explore how they have grown since birth. 

During their first term, our Year 1 children discover what life was like when their grandparents were children and we invite grandparents into school to share their memories first hand.  


Visitors also play an important part in inspiring ambition and future careers. A visit from a local museum guide provides children the opportunity to ask questions and develop their knowledge.

Cross-curricular reading in our history curriculum

We have carefully mapped high-quality texts throughout our curriculum, some which are read in history lessons themselves, others are used to link history with our learning in English, or as a class book.  We strongly believe it immerses pupils into a topic, deepening their knowledge and understanding of a subject and exposing the children to rich vocabulary.


We believe it is important  for young children to be inspired by and informed about people who have made contributions throughout history, and learn about the impact they have had on our lives.  We learn about people in history who have influenced life in Boston as well as on a national and global scale.


     Winston Churchill                         Rosa Parks                   Herbert Ingram 



  Florence Nightingale                Queen Elizabeth                  Marie Curie 





What can you do at home to support learning in History?

  • Go to a museum
  • Visit a historical place e.g. Boston Stump, Belton House, Tattershall Castle
  • Speak to grandparents about their lives
  • Make a time capsule
  • Look at old photographs
  • Read historical fiction
  • Visit the local library
  • Find out more about the things that interest you e.g. using the internet/non-fiction books
  • Look at the buildings in your local area for architectural features
  • Find out about local industry
  • Find out about the history behind street names in your local area
  • Compare old maps with new maps and look for changes over time
  • Dig a test pit in your garden (with permission!) and be an archaeologist. What interesting things can you find?
  • Go to an antiques fair
  • Watch Horrible History episodes