Subject Overview

Through History we aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the past.  We develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.  We equip the children so that they can ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence so they are equipped to understand what has gone before and how we can learn from it.  Historical skills are built up and developed from Nursery through to the end of Year 2 so children are building on their previous learning.

Curriculum Intent

We aim to inspire in the children an interest and love of history.  In the early years we start from children’s own experiences which continues into the beginning of Key Stage 1 (KS1).  In Reception, we begin to learn about famous people through stories.  In KS1, the children are taught about events beyond living memory,  the lives of significant individuals in the past and significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.  Lesson content and tasks are designed to provide appropriate challenges to all learners, in line with our commitment to inclusion.  We teach the children the skills they require to become historians.  This includes developing an awareness of the past, developing their use of historical language, developing an understanding of how different events and people fit together on a timeline and identifying similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.  A range of sources and artefacts are used in our teaching so children can develop the skills to find out about the past and an understanding of the different ways it is represented.  We aim to build within children an understanding of the chronology of history.  Each subject we teach is linked to a timeline in order to build up a coherent narrative of history.

Curriculum Implementation

Within the early years, history is taught through their own experiences and those of their family.  In Reception it is also taught through direct teaching linked to topics.  These are focussed around their own experiences and stories about famous people.  The children are introduced to the ideas of chronology which is built on in key stage one through the use of timelines.   In Key Stage 1, history is taught termly.  We have developed a progression of skills with each year group, which enables pupils to build on and develop their skills each year.  The children learn about significant events and people who have shaped society, locally, nationally, and globally.  In order to support children in their ability to know more and remember more, there are regular opportunities to review the learning that has taken place. At the start of each unit of work children will review previous learning and will have the opportunity to share what they already know. Children are given opportunities, where possible, to study artefacts leading to enquiry, investigation, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and presentation. We plan for effective use of educational visits to enrich and enhance the pupil’s learning experience, such as through a visit to Farnham castle in Year 2. Through using a range of assessment tools, differentiation is facilitated by teachers to ensure that each pupil can access the History curriculum. Classrooms have educational, immersive displays that showcase learning help to create a rich learning environment for each History focus.  

See below for long term planning.

Curriculum Impact

By the time the children leave us at the end of Key Stage 1, they will:

  • have an understanding of their history and of their place in Britain and the wider world.

  • become increasingly critical and analytical within their thinking, making informed and balanced judgements based on their knowledge of the past.

  • become increasingly aware of how historical events have shaped the world that they currently live in.

  • have a further understanding of history on a local level.

  • develop enquiry skills to pursue their own interests within a topic and further questioning.

  • will build on prior-learning and explicitly make connections between what they have previously learned and what they are currently learning.

  • have developed an understanding of the chronology of history in relation to the topics they have studied.

  • have a passion for and commitment to the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there.

Links to Policies

History Long Term Planning and Skills Progression