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Our Vision for History

At Poplars, our History curriculum is designed to develop children’s understanding of the past, the legacies that were created and how they impact our day to day lives now. Our curriculum is sequenced so that our children’s historical knowledge, understanding and skills build over time.   By carefully mapping our big ideas across the units and revisiting them in different sequences of learning, we ensure children make links and gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, national and international history; and between short- and long-term timescales.


Our Aims

The aims of teaching history at Poplars Primary School are:

  • To instil in the children a curiosity and understanding of events, places and people in a variety of times and environments.


  • To acquire knowledge and understanding of the history of their local area (East Anglia and Lowestoft) which will encourage pride in the place they live. 


  • To develop an interest in the past and an appreciation of human achievements and aspirations


  • To learn about the major issues and events in the history of our own country and of the world and how these events may have influenced one another


  • To develop a knowledge of chronology within which the children can organise their understanding of the past


  • To understand how the past was different from the present and that people of other times and places may have had different values and attitudes from ours


  • To understand the nature of evidence by emphasising the process of enquiry and by developing the range of skills required to interpret primary and secondary source materials


  • To distinguish between historical facts and the interpretation of those facts


Units of Work


Lowestoft’s Seaside: Then and Now

(Local Area Study)

An aspect of childhood which has changed over time e.g. toys, clothing

Study of significant individuals e.g. Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell


Important Buildings in Lowestoft

(Local Area Study)

The Gunpowder Plot

Exploring the Skies

Flight and Space


Fossils and Dinosaurs

The Stone Age to the Bronze Age

The Iron Age and the Celts


Ancient Civilisations Overview: Ancient Sumar, The Indus Valley and The Shang Dynasty

Ancient Egypt

The Roman Empire and Romans in Britain


Lowestoft’s Fishing Industry Through Time

(Local Area Study)

The Anglo-Saxons and Vikings

World War Two


Lowestoft and the World Wars

(Local Area Study)

Ancient Greece

A study of a theme extending beyond 1066

Learning and End of Unit Outcomes

Over the course of the year we will present our learning in a variety of different ways. We will continually share the outcomes of our learning on the pages below for everyone to see!


We hope you enjoy our work!