History Curriculum Statement



The National Curriculum for History aims to ensure that all children:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective between short- and long-term timescales.

At How Wood we teach both History and Geography through thematic topics. This approach enables us to embed key skills through creative, enquiry-based lessons. We highlight key texts in each topic to bring a narrative through learning as key aspects of each subject are linked together.

Through topic lessons we seek to inspire children in their curiosity and fascination about the world and its past. We equip children with knowledge about significant historical events, people and places both within our locality and around the world. We deepen their understanding of changes that are happening within our living memory and the impact that this has on the world. We study events that happened beyond our living memory and hold discussions on what we continue to learn from them. We look at and learn from the lives of significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements. We provide children with opportunities to visit local heritage sites that give us insight into what life was like in the past. Our lessons are focussed on comparing life ‘then’ to life ‘now’. Children become historians in our topic lessons, examining evidence and forming their own conclusions. To this end by teaching key historical knowledge, understanding and skills, we aim for children to look back with respect and to the future with a passion to see History positively changed.



Topic lessons are taught once a week as part of a termly 12-week unit. Each topic starts with a WOW enquiry-based lesson. Teachers use this to assess children’s prior knowledge and gather questions to address as the journey through learning begins. Each topic ends with a FAB summative session that ties together the learning that has taken place over the term. This could be in the form of a class celebration, trip, or presentation. The aim is for each teacher to draw learning back to children reflecting on the progress they have made. Topics are designed to develop children’s key vocabulary throughout the year. Progression of vocabulary is highlighted on long term plans which enable us to ensure children consolidate and build upon language from EYFS to Year 6.

History work influences our class trips specifically providing children with the opportunity to explore our locality and learn about the past. As they progress through the school, children are encouraged to identify how our local area has changed through time and discuss causes and consequences for this change. History also is celebrated through our Curriculum Enrichment Days (CED) where the whole school engages with specific national events such as Armistice Day, Black History Month, and St George’s Day.

Topic lessons are planned to incorporate all children in line with the school’s inclusion policy. We provide support alongside activities that will offer stretch and challenge. History work also forms part of our ‘Home Learning Menu’ offered to children in Key Stage 2.



Children’s progress is evidenced in their topic books, classroom displays, home learning and through conversations with children. At the end of each key stage, the children’s learning is assessed against the age-related expectation bands that are based on the 2014 National Curriculum statements for History. This informs future planning of topics to ensure coverage is being met. Children are encouraged to reflect on how we learn about the past and how to analyse sources for evidence.

National Curriculum: History Programmes of Study







History Skills & Knowledge Progression