Ashton Under Hill First School

Shaping Bright Futures Together





  • Understand the past and how it has impacted on our lives in order to inform our futures
  • Provide the knowledge, skills and understanding to appreciate our history and that of human creativity, endeavour and exploration through time
  • Learn through investigating primary and secondary sources of evidence


    Develop understanding of and value own identify and heritage, including cultural roots, as citizens of Worcestershire, the UK and as members of a global society



At Ashton under Hill first school we follow a rolling programme of Topics which are adapted to cover the requirements of the National Curriculum.

The long term plan was developed in discussion with Bredon Hill Academy to ensure total coverage across all of KS2.

Each of the topics allow for a range of activities addressing chronological understanding, historical enquiry and evidence gathering and analysis. 

Every topic has a matrix which outlines the learning in more detail. Click on the appropriate Key Stage tab to view these documents.


The children in Reception follow the EYFS guidance on Understanding the World.

Understanding of the World is about how children get to know about other people, the place where they live and about all aspects of the environment.

 Understanding the World is broken down into three aspects:

  • Past and Present
  • People, Culture and Communities
  • The Natural World

Past and Present is the strand that is the most relevant to their early historical understanding. 

They follow a child led approach to their learning alongside the themes and topics.

Past and Present

 By the end of the year these are their Early Learning Goals:

  • Talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society.
  • Know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.
  • Understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling.

Key Stage 1

Are We There Yet? Intrepid Explorers London's Burning Real Life Superheroes Towers and Turrets Where Do You Come From? 

Key Stage 2

What Did The Romans Do For Us? Invaders or Settlers Walk Like An Egyptian! Britain In The 1940's Ancient Civilisations The Stone Age - Hunting to Farming

Open here for History Skills Progression Document

Open here for Whole School Curriculum Map


  By the end of KS2, be able to:

  • place historical periods and events from past societies in chronological order
  • summarise the main event from a period of history, explaining the order of events and what happened
  • summarise how Britain had a major influence on the world and how Britain may have learned from other cultures and civilisations
  • identify and explain differences, similarities and changes between different periods of history
  • use a range of evidence from different sources to discuss a period in history