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Looking back to appreciate the now and our future

Greg Wilde
Greg Wilde (6 posts) Deputy Head of Primary View Profile

This week, I am using this blog opportunity to highlight the importance of learning history and trying to keep traditions alive.

With Halloween just around the corner, this particular 31st October tradition, in its 21st Century guise, has children no doubt excited about the dressing up, decorating the house, possible ‘trick or treating’ etc. However, in amongst all that, the origins of this annual festival/tradition can sometimes get lost. We need to reflect to fully appreciate where this cultural staple came from.

This then brings me to the more general importance of learning about our past. To quote Theodore Roosevelt, a former US president:

Theodore Roosevelt Quote image

That appreciation of where we have come from to help anchor where we are in the present and guide where we are heading. General key skills are also developed through learning history:

  • How to research effectively
  • How to identify bias
  • Using timelines to help see the cause and effect of events


A more detailed article can be found on the Nord Anglia website

Why is it Important to Study History?

student discussion

To provide some tangible examples of how we deliver history in primary, the below are some excerpts from Year 6. They have been learning about ancient civilisations and empires.

  • Y6 Indus Valley Slide 2
  • Y6 Indus Valley Slide 3
  • Y6 Indus Valley Slide 6

I hope that this has provided a deeper insight into the teaching of history and its ongoing importance in education. Have a great and safe Halloween!

Kind regards,



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