As of 01/04/23, Rainbow Preschool is under the leadership of Great and Little Shelford CE (A) Primary School. Existing policies for each respective establishment remain in place.


The History Curriculum

The whole experience of History is in line with our vision. History is taught as part of a topic-based curriculum where staff work hard to plan and organise tasks which are in harmony with their topic themes.  Where possible, members of the wider school and local community are involved in sharing their relevant expertise with the children. Topics are also enhanced through educational visits. 

Staff engage in a variety of personal research and training in order to present their topics in as interesting a way as possible, demonstrating their commitment to life-long learning. 

The 5 big ideas are:

Chronology; to develop a secure knowledge and understanding of chronology and how topics studied fit within a chronological framework. 

Civilisations and empires; to understand history of the wider world.

Compare and connect; to make links with prior learning and gain historical perspective.

Artefacts and sources; to understand methods of enquiry and sources of information.

Influence of people; including significant individuals.



History display around the school.
Some comments from History learning around the school:
"I loved remembering the toys I played with when I was a baby and a toddler." (Year 1)
"If we didn't learn about the past, we would think we had always lived this way and we wouldn't know how tough things were years ago." (Year 3)
"It's important to learn about mistakes made in the past so we can try not to make them again - though we don't always manage to." (Year 6)
Celebrate! Great and Little Shelford Primary School celebrated their 175th Anniversary in fabulous style!
The Key Stage II classes were turned into museums with exhibits brought in by the children.
We were then open to visitors with the children as the curators.
After lunch, the children got their chance to view along with their House Leader. What an exciting day!