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At Riverside Primary, we want our pupils to be inspired to know more about Britain's past and that of the wider world. Knowledge of Britain's past can help them to understand the challenges of our own time. It engages pupils in questions about people and events in the past and helps pupils to understand the present and prepare them for the future!


The programme of study for history states that ‘History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationship between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.’


Teaching should also equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.


A historian needs:

*Thorough investigative and research skills 

*Good communication skills 

*An interest in human behaviour, culture and society 

*An enquiring mind 


 For more information about Riverside's approach to history, please refer to the documents below:

Black History Week

Every year in October, Riverside Primary School celebrates Black History Week. During this special week, each phase of the school focuses their learning around a different black individual or period of history in order to learn more about black history, heritage, culture and achievements :



Mo Farah- his inspiring story from refugee to Olympian

Mary Seacole- the life, work and achievements of Mary Seacole, the 19th century Jamaican-born nurse who overcame racism and injustice to nurse soldiers during the Crimean War.



Katherine Johnson- NASA mathematician who helped to send the first Americans into space

Rosa Parks- "the mother of the civil rights movement," 


Year 5:

The Windrush Generation- the Empire Windrush and Caribbean migration 

Year 6:

The Atlantic Slave Trade- the slave trade between Britain, West Africa and the Americas. 


The week culminates in a fantastic Black History Week showcase where all of our children had the opportunity to share and celebrate their work.


Here's what some of our children had to say about the week:


"We got to learn about racism but also about inspirational people's lives. For example, Mae Jemison , who was the first black woman to go into space. We think it was hard for her because she was a woman and was black. It inspired me because she showed our STAR values. It’s inspired me to work really hard in my life."


"My Mum’s family used to live in the Caribbean so it was really interesting for me to learn about my family history!"


"We need to change the future for the better."


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