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The history curriculum at Riverside Primary School is designed to be progressive in terms of knowledge and skills and understanding. There is a balance of local, British and World history. The curriculum takes into account the geographical location of the school, its environment and community. Strong links are made to other areas of the curriculum and to the society in which the children live. British Values are woven into the history curriculum so that children come to understand how these values have come about, the makeup of the population in Britain and why these have such importance for them as citizens of Britain.


History is usually taught as an element within a thematic curriculum and is often closely aligned to English, geography, art and design technology. The taught curriculum in history intends to develop the children’s sense of chronology as they progress through the school. Children carry out sequencing activities and are given experience of timelines. 


Throughout their studies children learn about sources of historical evidence (primary and secondary) and how these can be used to interpret the past. Teaching reinforces, builds upon and progresses the skills taught in previous years. Historical studies are underpinned by key historical terms and historical vocabulary so that children come to a growing understanding of abstract concepts such as ‘legacy’ or ‘civilisation.’


The delivery of the curriculum is intended to be exciting and varied, through a range of media and activities which develop the children’s thinking as historians from handling artefacts, images and documents, creating and revising hypotheses, comparing and contrasting and looking at different perspectives through reasoned argument and debate. They are encouraged to question and challenge, develop critical skills and grow in independence.


 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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