Subject Leader: Mr Hill

‘A knowledge of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world’

National curriculum in England: history programmes of study

What we are learning (Intent)

The History curriculum at Fairburn View Primary School aims to provide pupils with a coherent and chronological understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world, whilst inspiring children to question events that have shaped the world we live in today. Our curriculum is designed to enable children to develop and recite knowledge of events that have shaped the world and provide them with a rich knowledge and understanding of the complexity of people’s lives, the changes that have occurred over time, and the diversity within different societies and groups – as well the impact this has on their own identity. Our curriculum is designed using four drivers that contextualise history, as well as using small steps to help pupils to gain a deep understanding of complex, abstract ideas:

Our curriculum is designed in way which creates excitement for history, that inspires a curiosity to learn more about the past and provides opportunities to see themselves reflected in the curriculum


How we are learning (Implementation)

  • A curriculum that has been designed to provide children with a clear and well sequenced understanding of the history of Britain and the wider world in chronological order, whilst taking into consideration our local history.
  • A well-sequenced cycle of lessons to ensure children make significant progress in their knowledge and understanding of historical concepts.
  • Lessons that are well- planned to support and challenge all learners.
  • Children to be given a ‘knowledge organiser’ which outlines the knowledge and vocabulary that children must aspire to master.
  • Regular opportunities for children to recall and review prior knowledge to ensure children know and remember more.
  • Trips and visitors that will enrich pupil’s understanding and provide context through first-hand experiences.
  • A range of questioning used regularly to support pupils’ ability to retrieve and recall knowledge to increase space in the working memory.
  • Displays that engage the children and are active learning resources.
  • Whole school history days to embed relevant historical events.

What we have learned from it (Impact)

Our History Curriculum is high quality, well sequenced and planned to demonstrate progression. We believe that if children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • A reflection of standards achieved in relation to planned outcomes on the school subject progression map.
  • Opportunities for assessment within lessons, with lots of retrieval of previous learning.
  • Children complete low stake quizzes throughout their learning journey and complete end of unit assessments.
  • We believe our children are remembering more, and are able to use their books and class Seesaw to recall information.

History is taught half termly in conjunction with Geography. The yearly overview is is below:


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