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Our Vision for History

At Poplars Primary School we are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in history.

History is about real people who lived, and real events which happened in the past. History is concerned with sequence, time and chronology and is the study of evidence about the past; it gives us a sense of identity, set within our social, political, cultural and economic relationships. History fires children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world and plays an essential part in preparing us for living and working in the contemporary world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions.

A solid commitment to studying history within the local area and the importance of East Anglia and Lowestoft to the development of the nation will be an integral focus of the work completed by children at Poplars Primary School.

What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. In history, children find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this they need to be able to research, sift through evidence, and argue for their point of view – skills that are prized in adult life.


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!