History at Hexton

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

A high-quality history education will allow children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our history curriculum has been carefully designed and sequenced so that children gain this knowledge as they progress through the school. In addition, we recognise the important role that History plays in preparing our children with skills that they can use for life, raising their aspirations, understanding how to be a responsible citizen, understanding change and societal development and learning a context in which to understand themselves and others. This is extremely important for children at Hexton JMI to enable them to be global, responsible adults with respect for the diverse communities of the world.

At Hexton JMI, children’s history lessons cover a range of aspects of British and world history, including:

  • Perspectives and interpretation
  • Cause and consequence
  • Continuity and change
  • Historical vocabulary
  • Similarities and differences
  • Chronology

Through a carefully planned progression of skills, children will explore local and global history using the following resources:

  • Artefacts
  • Photographs
  • Videos
  • Semaphore and coded messages
  • Biographies of key historical figures
  • Historical maps
  • Zoetropes
  • Timelines and family trees
  • Drama
  • Clay and artforms from historical periods

Some examples of our work in History

Curriculum Documents for History

Websites to support History

https://www.purplemash.com/#tab/home/history (KS1 and 2) – apps covering a range of history topics, both British and world.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zkqmhyc (KS1) – a series of games and video clips children can use to explore different time periods, changes within living memory and significant people and events. Can be filtered by year group.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zcw76sg (KS2) – a series of videos exploring British and world history as well as historical skills, famous people and themes through time. Can be filtered by year group.


https://www.historyforkids.net/ (KS2) a website with videos and tools for exploring history by the area of the world e.g. Greece, Egypt, and Rome.


https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/discover/history/ (KS2) information and facts about topics such as WW2, Ancient Egypt and Ancient Rome.


https://www.ducksters.com/history/ (KS2) a wealth of written information on a range of historical topics. More like an online book as it lacks interactivity.