“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” – Martin Luther King

At Illogan school we believe that high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. By having a strong sense of where we have come from, children develop a stronger sense of self and understanding of change to carry forward into their adult lives.Through each History topic, key elements are drawn out as being ‘take away knowledge’ driven by eight ‘golden threads’. These are the steppingstones each year groups builds on: Legacy, Transport, Culture, Power, Place, Chronology, People and Communication. These golden threads have been carefully selected as key ideas that features across historical periods and allow children to develop a sense of life during each time.The school curriculum drivers are purposefully planned for, both in how the lessons are delivered and in the content. Some examples are:

  • Communication – opportunities to build informed opinions and communicate those clearly are built into each topic.
  • Inclusion – curiosity about who are the most vulnerable people in a given time period, and the impact of historical events on these people is encouraged
  • Curiosity – skill to ask high quality questions and carry out enquiry is developed throughout the curriculum
  • Community – each topic looks at the sense of community within each time period, looking at key areas such as hierarchy, religion, leisure and charity. Children are encouraged to compare this to their current community. There are also frequent and deliberate opportunities to link historical topics to Cornwall, developing the children’s own sense of community and pride.
  • Diversity – diversity is being deliberately developed across topics, with diverse cultures being represented at every appropriate opportunity (eg. Noora Engayat in WW2, Year 6).
  • Responsibility – The bedrock of the History curriculum is to look at legacy – children are encouraged to consider the impact of key events and significance of key people throughout time, linking these ideas to how they live their lives today.

We aim to:

  • know and understand the history of the United Kingdom as a coherent, chronological
  • know how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as
    ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and
    consequence, similarity, difference and significance
  • use these concepts to make connections, draw comparisons, build historically valid questions
  • understand a range of methods of historical enquiry
  • apply their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history.


An overview of our History curriculum can be viewed below:

History Overview at Illogan
History Knowledge and Skills
History Overview

Ho do we teach History at Illogan?

At Illogan we follow the guidance of the National Curriculum, where History is a compulsory subject across the year groups. EYFS introduces concepts such as then and now, asking questions and changes, linking these to relatable topics such as ‘food’, ‘nature’ and ‘growing older’. KS1 extend this historical enquiry to develop an understanding of key periods (Victorians, Tudors) and evolutions of key features (monarchs, schooldays) through history. In KS2 the curriculum looks deeper into specific time periods starting with the stone age and building closer to our time. This helps them develop enquiry skills, chronological awareness and critical thinking.
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Our History subject leader is Mrs D Aytoun.