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Details of the History Curriculum for each year group for each term can be found on the class webpages

Essential characteristics of Historians

We have identified the following essential characteristics which we aim to develop to enable children to become independent and confident historians:

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
  • The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry. 
  • A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways. 
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgments.
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.

Essential opportunities for History

In order to ensure that our children are provided with a range of opportunities to enable them to become confident and independent historians we provide:

Key Stage One Key Stage Two

Opportunities to look at:

  • The lives of significant individuals in Britain’s past who have contributed to our nation’s achievements - scientists such as Isaac Newton or Michael Faraday, reformers such as Elizabeth Fry or William Wilberforce, medical pioneers such as William Harvey or Florence Nightingale, or creative geniuses such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel or Christina Rossetti.
  • Key events in the past that are significant nationally and globally, particularly those that coincide with festivals or other events that are commemorated throughout the year.
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Opportunities to undertake a study of:

  • Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. 
  • The Roman Empire and its Impact on Britain.
  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo Saxons and Scots.
  • The Viking and Anglo Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England.
  • A period in local history. 
  • A theme in British history. 
  • Early Civilizations achievements (including an in-depth study of one of the following: Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt; The Shang Dynasty. 
  • Ancient Greece.
  • A non- European society that contrasts with British history  chosen from: 
    • Early Islamic Civilization 
    • Mayan Civilization 
  • History of interest to pupils*

Items marked * are not statutory.

Essential Learning Objectives for History

We have identified 4 essential learning objectives for History:

To investigate and interpret the past

To build an overview of world picture

To understand chronology

To communicate historically


Please click here for National Curriculum Programme of Study for History

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