Curriculum – History


Our intent is that our teaching of History will help pupils gain a clear knowledge of understanding Britain’s past and the wider world.  We aim for our History lessons to inspire pupils’ curiosity as historians about the past and to know more about the past.  We want to inspire children to ask questions, think critically, understand, and use evidence and develop their own view on topics taught.


Our planning for History at Horndale has a deliberate approach to sequencing the curriculum and the choice of content focus. It is designed with the intention that every pupil is able to reach their potential in History. At all stages, the curriculum links to previous content and concepts and identifies later links with opportunities to revisit key periods of time. At its heart is how the events of the past have shaped the region and country we live in today.

In EYFS, the focus is on the child’s immediate living memory and developing an understanding of old and new, past, and present and identifying change.

In KS1, the sequence of learning moves from history within the child’s living memory to looking at familiar features in the recent past and then gradually beyond living memory. The achievements of significant individuals including those in the North East adds a further dimension. Pupil’s prior knowledge is built upon and helps lay the foundations for future learning.

Visits, visitors, and involvement in the community activities are planned in to provide first-hand experiences for the pupils to support and develop their learning as historians and their historical experiences.

History will also be promoted through the celebration of anniversaries, festivals, and events throughout the year, which are linked with other areas of the curriculum.


Our children will become confident historians with an enthusiasm for the past and a clearer understanding of how this has moulded their lives today.

History Whole School Long Term Plan (Last revised July 2022)

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