Gillas Lane Primary Academy and Nursery, Seaton Avenue, Houghton Le Spring, Sunderland, DH5 8EH

0191 500 5956

Gillas Lane Primary Academy and Nursery

Proud to be part of Aim High Academy Trust

"A people without the knowledge of their past history,

origin and culture is like a tree without roots."

Marcus Garvey


Our History curriculum has been built to allow our Gillas Lane children to develop their understanding of links between themselves and others. It provides opportunities to think like an historian, allowing children to reason and explore connections between the past and present.

The themes that run through our History curriculum are beliefs, settlements, food & farming, invaders, society, culture & pastimes.

Our local history units have been selected to ensure meaningful contexts for learning, encouraging pride in the local people of the past and our community. These are carefully complemented by opportunities to visit and explore historical evidence in the locality.

Here are our long term plans for History. 

History Milestones

Our History Milestones contain both the substantive and disciplinary knowledge needed to understand the threshold concepts.

Substantive Knowledge

Knowledge of:

  • significant individuals, civilisations, events and individuals and how these have influenced the present
  • historical sources, both primary and secondary e.g artefacts, documents, buildings etc
  • knowledge of historical concepts, e.g beliefs, settlements, society etc

Disciplinary Knowledge - how a historian thinks about and interacts with the past and present to decide upon what is 'known'; what is 'truth'; what is 'fact'; what can be 'evidenced'

Historical Evidence

  • Know that use of historical evidence is the way historians draw conclusions and answer questions about the past
  • Know that the source is the information but it is the historian who uses it as evidence to answer the question


Cause & Consequence

  • Know that important events or changes in history can have many different causes, some of which can be hidden from view
  • Know that each cause plays a part but some causes may be regarded as more important than others


Historical Significance

  • Know that some people, events or developments in the past seem particularly important
  • Know that these particularly important people, events or developments can often lead to big changes in people's lives, including how they thought or behaved


Time, Change & Chronology

  • Know that many things from the past are different from today; some things have changed but some are the same
  • Know that changes can take place across and within periods of history and that changes and continuity can both be present at the same time in chronologies of the past
  • Know that change can sometimes mean decline as well as progress