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History Curriculum


Statement of Intent:

At Heap Bridge Village Primary School, we aspire to ensure that each and every one of our pupils develops in to a positivepro-active learner who is proud of their achievements and well prepared for a successful life. Delivered through a vibrant curriculum, we believe that learning should be enjoyable, purposeful and challenging. We will equip pupils with the skills and dispositions they need for lifelong learning, teach them the importance of being pro-active, taking ownership of their own futures and ensuring they develop the highest expectations for themselves in their pursuit of excellence. We will do this within a safe and supportive environment of mutual understanding, positive relationships, respect and tolerance. Regardless of any barriers to learning, we will ensure that we work in partnership with school stakeholders to ensure that every child in our school can be proud of what they achieve.

In designing a high-quality and ambitious history curriculum, we intend to give pupils a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Through carefully thought out plans and an enquiry led approach to learning we aim to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Our history curriculum is designed to help pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.


The writing of this policy, alongside the ‘Long Term Curriculum Implementation Plan’ has been informed by the school’s research into best practice. Key sources used to inform school practice include membership access to the Historical Association’s publications and resources and a comprehensive summery of research in to the teaching of history as detailed in ‘History 5-11, A guide for teachers’ (Third edition) by Hilary Cooper.


Aims of our history curriculum:

  • develop an interest in the past, understand human achievements and learn about the major issues and events in local, British and world history;
  • develop a growing and coherent knowledge of chronology together with an understanding of the similarities and differences between historical periods and that change and progress are not necessarily the same;
  • understand that people’s actions are influenced by their attitudes and values and that these may change over time;
  • appreciate and explain the variety of causes of historical events;
  • understand the nature of evidence by emphasising history as a process of enquiry, by developing a range of historical skills and by reinforcing that historical explanation is provisional, debatable and open to different interpretation;
  • foster the values and attitudes associated with the respect for evidence, the toleration of a range of opinions and the appreciation of the value of cultural diversity;
  • develop their knowledge and understanding of other countries and cultures along with the history of the roles and relationships of men, women and children from different social and economic groups;
  • develop important cross-curricular intellectual and social skills, including the ability to observe, analyse and communicate;
  • help pupils become critical, independent, creative thinkers;
  • develop within pupils a genuine love for history.


Development of knowledge, skills and understanding

The objectives of history teaching in the school are based on the requirements of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Key Stages 1 and 2. The history curriculum of the school will ensure pupils experience the following key aspects of study:

  • Chronological understanding;
  • Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past;
  • Historical interpretation;
  • Historical enquiry;
  • Organisation and communication.




Implementation Plan:

Subject Knowledge & Curriculum Planning

To ensure a clear focus on the above priorities the school has set out a detailed ‘Long Term Curriculum Implementation Plan’ which clearly sets out a progression framework for pupil’s acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding across the range of curriculum content taught from Year 1 to Year 6. This framework also supports teacher planning and our current development of pupil ‘knowledge organisers’ (Key Stage 2) which link to our recent focus and research in to the use of spaced learning and quizzing strategies to support the longer term retention of knowledge acquisition.

 History Implementation Plan



Knowledge Organisers

Parents can click on the images below to download the knowledge organisers for each unit of work. These documents contain the key knowledge, chronology and vocabulary that your child will need to know and include much of what they will be assessed on as the unit progresses and within the end of unit assessment.


Samples of our knowledge organisers (also available using the link to our One Drive folder below):

Year 1


Year 2

Great Fire of London

Year 3

Pre-historic Britain

Year 4

Anglo Saxons & Vikings

Year 5

Early Islamic Civilisation

Year 6

Crime & Punishment

y1 y2 y3 y4 y5 y6





The impact of our work in history is assessed using the end point statements at the end of the implementation plan. This is evidenced through children's work and the discussions teachers and school leaders have with pupils about their learning. A sample of children's experiences across the curriculum can also be seen on our school blog.


History Blog

Below is a selection of blog posts from the school blog linked to the work children have enjoyed within this subject.

 A copy of our policy for history and other subject specific documents can be found in our history One Drive folders below: 



Subject Policy