Cherrywood Community Primary School



At Cherrywood, pupils are encouraged to be curious about the past, allowing them to enjoy all that History has to offer. At Cherrywood we use an enquiry-based approach.  Children are given opportunities to develop their understanding of the past by using artefacts, historical documents, including reports, photograph, numerous written sources, newspaper articles and they are given valuable opportunities to research using electronic media. This allows opportunities for teamwork as well as independent research.


Throughout Key Stage 1 our pupils develop an awareness of the past through the study of significant individuals who have achieved nationally and internationally. They will also study significant events linked to the local area of Farnborough, as well as studying changes within living memory and those events beyond living memory that have had a significant impact nationally or globally.

In Key Stage 2 pupils, develop a secure understanding of local, British and World history, making connections and contrasts over time as well as using appropriate historical vocabulary and having a greater appreciation of chronology.

There are a wide variety of history focused school trips and visitors which greater enhance the understanding and learning of the pupils.

History Curriculum Overview

Ways To Get Children Excited About History At Home

Ways to get Children Excited about History

Learning history in schools can sometimes be seen as memorising and regurgitating sequences of events, names, and dates. With access to historical landmarks, books, and toys, there is a huge variety in how we children can learn to love history!


1.) Play Dress Up

Allow children to experience history first-hand by allowing them to dress up as historical characters. Through this, children will be able to connect with history and also act out famous scenes they are learning about at school. There are plenty of costumes that can be easily sourced at home such as a Victorian child or Roman toga. This is a creative way for your child to learn about how historical figures lived.


2.) Immerse Yourself in Historical Fiction

There's so much historical fiction available to immerse children into a past world. Visit the historical fiction section of your local library to discover the vast range of stories available that can transport your children into the history they will be learning about in schools. Covering everything from the ancient Egyptians to the Romans, children will be able to connect with these worlds through literature. 


3.) Visit Museums

Museums are fun days out for the whole family to see and experience history. Seeing history in this environment makes it more real. In museums, children can explore artefacts from the past, including clothing, tools, and other artefacts. Help your child engage with their learning by encouraging them to record what they have seen.



4) Historical Family Games

Get the whole family involved by playing a historical board game. This way children can learn with their family and friends in a way that is fun and a little competitive!

5.) Investigate Your Own Family Tree

Take a look at your own family's history. Recounting stories of children's ancestors connects them to the past and allows them to see where they came from. Photos and documents from past relatives can allow your child to visually learn about their own place in history. Allow your children to discuss with grandparents and older relatives about their lives and how times have changed. Once they have gathered this information, they can build a family tree!  

6.) Learn Through Play

There are plenty of historical toys available. Dinosaurs and soldiers are popular toys within the home. Use these to teach your child about the history behind them. This way you are using items your child already loves as learning tools!


Oak Class Drama Workshop

Sycamore's Visit to the house of Gilbert White. 


Sycamore class visited the house of Gilbert White in Selbourne Hampshire as part of their learning journey on 'Survivors' and Polar Explorers. In the morning the children had the chance to view, touch and feel genuine objects from Scott's Terra Nova Expedition. Then in the afternoon the class got a taste of life as an explorer with orienteering around the grounds and pulling a sledge!

 FAST Museum

Pine visited the FAST Museum as part of their local History learning about Frank Whittle's contribution to Aviation. We remembered our Year 2 learning about Samuel Cody and even saw his flying hat. We were very excited to see the real jet engine Frank Whittle designed. We had a fantastic time!

Pine's Visit to the FAST Museum