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Subject Leader: Mr Owen Marriott


History: Intent


Only through an understanding of the past can we help change the future and at Orston Primary School we aim to create accurate, inquisitive and critical historians. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that pupils have access to range of high quality history lessons whereby they study a range of sources in order to weigh evidence and generate arguments developing a secure chronological understanding. Above all, we want pupils to passionate about history and our teachers have carefully designed a range of units based on the National Curriculum as well as lots of ‘wow experiences’ in order to foster this.  History is so much more than just dates and facts, one of our overriding goals is to help children make meaningful links between the different periods and topics they study as well as delve deeper and investigate the question ‘why?’ Through practical learning and enquiry, we build and develop not only historical skills but strengthen Maths and English in the aim of creating the archaeologists, archivists and historians of the future! At Orston in order to achieve our this goal we aim for to provide a rich and varied history curriculum so that pupils will:

-Develop a love and interest in history

-Be inspired by great discoveries and innovations

-Understand how the past influences the present

-Be able to chronologically sequence historical periods

-Understand the interconnectedness of certain events and periods

-Become history detectives investigating and evaluating evidence

-Be able to understand there are different views of the past

-Have an ‘in depth’ knowledge of certain periods

-Reflect upon and compare and contrast events, historical periods and sources.


History: Implementation


Our curriculum has been carefully planned and sequenced so that children will be able to develop their historical enquiry skills, knowledge and understanding of history through a progression of skills from EYFS through to Year 6. At Orston, units have been selected and allocated to specific year groups so that children can move beyond a mere chronological approach to history and different periods. Children should be able to reflect with increasing maturity on historical events and make specific cataphoric links between events and periods. At Orston to achieve this goal we will ensure:

-A clear progression of skills is in place across year groups to develop and enhance pupils’ historical understanding and enquiry skills.

-Clearly structured and meticulously planned units that follow the Orston Progression of Skills are taught.

-Regular assessment, monitoring, evaluation and review takes place.

-Celebration of good practice and pupil outcomes.

-Units and periods have been matched to year groups accordingly and children can make meaningful and effective links between them. For example, Y3 study the Ancient Greeks and Y5 study Ancient Egypt and children make links between the similarities and origins of their belief systems.

-Units have been allocated in order of developmental maturity and as such given the detail and content experienced in some units they are more applicable to older children e.g. Y6 studying the significance of the Battle of Britain because of the links to genocide and the visit to National Holocaust Museum.

-Children are aware of key figures, discoveries and influences on the different periods that they encounter.

-Children have the opportunity to successfully chronologically sequence historical periods as well as compare and contrast periods drawing on prior knowledge.

-Children have the opportunity to view, use and analyse information and artefacts from a variety of different sources.

-Children have the opportunity to study history through both depth studies and as well as providing an overview of different historical periods.

-Across each year group, children will be given the opportunities to immerse themselves in history through experience days and visits led by external providers.


History: Impact


Our overarching view is that our curriculum will provide children with the skills to become confident historians not only able to give knowledge of different historical periods but also understand their interconnectedness with our periods. As such children at Orston will be able to:

-Display an enthusiasm and interest in key historical events studied.

-Become increasingly critical and analytical within their thinking. Making informed and balanced judgements based on their knowledge of the past.

-Be aware of how historical events have shaped the world that they currently live in.

-Be able to develop and use judgements according to the validity of historical sources of information.

-Understand how history is shaped and impacted upon on a local level as well as regional, national and global scale. 

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

-Retain prior-learning and explicitly make connections between what they have previously learned and what they are currently learning. 



Online Resources


National Curriculum for History