Woodlands Primary Academy


We are not makers of history. We are made by history - Martin Luther-King Jr


At Woodlands, we aim for a high quality history curriculum which will inspire in pupils a curiosity and interest in Britain's past and that of the wider world. Our curriculum and teaching will equip learners with knowledge and understanding about significant aspects of history. 

Children will develop an increasing knowledge and understanding of people's lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity. 


Throughout the teaching of history we aim to inspire pupils' curiosity to learn and understand about the past. We enable pupils to think critically, ask questions, use artefacts and historical information to develop understanding, perspective and judgement.

A comprehensive topic cycle is in place at Woodlands which allows for the cross-curricular teaching of historical skills and knowledge linked to a theme or context. In KS1, children develop historical knowledge through exposure to units which include historical context relevant to Oldham, Great Britain and significant international events.

In KS2, Cycle A and B are constructed to allow for an in depth, chronological approach to both British history (Cycle A) and World History (Cycle B). Children work in phase teams to develop skills and acquire knowledge of chronological understanding, historical concepts, historical interpretations, historical enquiry and historical communication

Key Thread

Our history curriculum is designed around one single driver, "families". 

Throughout different periods of time the role or contribution families made is explored through chronological understanding, historical concepts, interpretations, enquiry and communication. For example, the role of woman during WW2 or how children in a Mayan village were less able to access the rights that our children currently enjoy. 

Key Documents 

History Curriculum Overview - Cycle A & B

History Curriculum Coverage Document