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At Harold Wood Primary School History is taught through a topic based approach and these topics are informed by the 2014 National Curriculum. Each year group studies half-termly or termly topics and the skills and knowledge learned help the pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world. 


The aim of our history curriculum is for pupils to:

As well as teaching History in a creative way - including drama, dance, art, music - we aim for children to:

  • develop their curiosity to know more about the past, and the wider world
  • develop an empathy with, and an understanding of other people and other times
  • ask perceptive questions, 
  • know that knowledge of the past is always tentative and provisional and that interpretations may change in the light of new evidence and new questions.
  • think critically, weigh evidence, consider different points of view and arguments, 
  • develop historical concepts such as chronology, continuity and change, cause and consequence.
  • develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas, which can be used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

The mapping of the History curriculum shows clear progression of knowledge & skills in line with age related expectations and the National Curriculum



In the Early Years Foundation Stage children start to develop their historical enquiry. The children listen to stories and ask how and why; use the past, present and future tense; talk about the past and present in their own lives and the lives of family members; recognise similarities and differences between families and traditions, objects and materials.


In KS1 & KS2, the school has identified the key knowledge and skills of each History area and there is clear progression throughout each year group and across key stages. 


At the start of each topic, the children are ‘hooked’ in as part of the ‘engage stage’ to the topic; this is usually in the form of a memorable experience which stimulates the children’s curiosity and interest. The end of each topic culminates in the ‘express stage’, where children reflect upon and celebrate their learning.



The history curriculum ensures that all children are well equipped for their next steps in their learning. Children have positive attitudes to learning and are motivated and interested learners. The children enjoy History taught through the topic-based approach.


Monitoring of lessons, learning walks, planning, and books show that the children are given a range of activities from the different aspects of the history curriculum and are supported and challenged where appropriate.


Historical understanding, as well as children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is further enhanced through specific events in school such as Black History Month and Remembrance Day as well as enrichment days linked to specific topics, enabling History to come alive for the children.


Click this link for more information on the 2014 National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2