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Northgate Primary School

Northgate Primary School


History statement of intent  

By the time they leave Northgate we aim for our children to; 

Have developed their experiences and understanding of History inspiring and igniting their curiosity about the past and how it may affect the future.


We aim to bring History to life at Northgate by immersing children in realistic experiences both in school and on exciting educational visits linked to our topic areas.  Children have a real understanding of their place in history and concepts of when events happened in relation to each other are consistently reinforced. 

Through these opportunities, investigations, research and enquiries, children will begin to ask historical questions for themselves and consequently gain skills to clarify their own life choices, attitudes and consider the ways in which the past influences the present and their future. 

In order to provide children with these important skills our History curriculum is based on one that is as practical and as creative as possible. The children are engaged in a variety of “WOW” moments to capture the children’s interest. These "WOW" moments may be in the form of themed days such as our “Viking” day, in school workshops run by Somerset Heritage as well as external visits. In addition to these WOW moments, the children at Northgate are exposed to a wealth of historical sources in the form of paintings, artefacts, photographs, posters, letters as well as books and the internet.