Pratts Bottom Primary School




At Pratts Bottom we offer an ambitious and progressive curriculum that allows the children to learn all areas of the history national curriculum. The skills, vocabulary  and concepts from this are revisited consistently throughout all year groups to ensure that the children can transfer and link these to all periods of history as well as to other subjects that are taught at Pratts Bottom. We aim to promote the importance of diversity through our curriculum through the understanding of a range of places, people, cultures and events. 

Our intent reflects our curriculum drivers: 

  • Sustainability : At Pratts Bottom we believe that it is our role to ensure that the children are well prepared for their future. For this to happen, children must learn about how prehistoric ages and ancient civilizations interacted with their environment, how historical events have had a serious effect on today’s environment and the repercussions of  modern conflict on the environment. Through this, students can develop a holistic understanding of how human actions have shaped and continue to shape the world, fostering a sense of responsibility towards sustainable practices.


  • Diversity: Through all of the topics taught to the children at Pratts Bottom, they will learn about a wide range of significant people who have had an impact on the world. Our curriculum represents people of all cultures and backgrounds. In addition to this, the children will learn about a plethora of historical events from around the world and therefore learn about a range of places locally, nationally and internationally.  


  • Growth Mindset: This runs throughout the whole of our curriculum. Children are taught that historical figures are often faced with challenges and failures before achieving success. This emphasises the importance of resilience and perseverance and how they can use this throughout the whole of their education. Children learn that inspirational significant people make mistakes and these mistakes are opportunities for learning and growth, both in history and personal development. 


Each of our termly 'Vehicles for Learning' has a historical focus that is key to the delivery of the unit. Throughout these units teachers develop children's substantive Historical knowledge.

Alongside this substantive knowledge teachers also develop children's Historical disciplinary knowledge. Teachers follow a clear progression of this disciplinary knowledge to ensure children can 'think like a historian' and use historical enquiry approaches effectively. These themes are:

  • Chronology
  • Cause and consequence
  • Change and continuity
  • Similarities and differences
  • Evidence
  • Significance





Geography at PBPS: Vision and Intent

At Pratts Bottom, children understand that geography is more than recognising places on a map. Our aim is to help children develop their understanding of the complexity of the world around them, appreciate diversity and cultures that exist across the continents. As children acquire their knowledge, they are able to understand that they can apply this to bridge divides and connect people together. 

Discrete geography lessons stimulate our children’s curiosity and fascination about the world around them; developing an interest in and a sense of wonder about people, places and environments and how they are interconnected. Geography also helps children understand change, by exploring their own place in the world. They explore key values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.  

Through learning geography, pupils undertake a ‘world tour’, visiting every continent, gaining knowledge and developing transferable skills. Pupils will understand the world around them, including places and environments that are near and far, as well as appreciating the process and events that create and affect them. 

Outdoor learning and fieldwork offer regular opportunities for children to connect with a place, community and environment.  They develop observational, questioning and investigative skills through first-hand experiences and high-quality teaching, which helps pupils to build on their skills, knowledge and interest in the world around them. 

Geographical enquiry and ‘big questions’ are central to the curriculum and encourages questioning, investigating, collecting and analysing data and drawing conclusions, whilst encouraging critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future.

National Curriculum Programmes of Study