History Curriculum - Intent

At Carclaze, History education will help pupils gain a coherent and chronological knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our goal is to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. History at Carclaze helps pupils to gain knowledge through enquiry. Our intent is to encourage them to think increasingly in a critical way that will enable them to weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. Our History curriculum helps pupils to understand the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

The topics taught at Carclaze are taken directly from the National Curriculum. Key learning and vocabulary are detailed in the specific knowledge organisers. Where appropriate, use of the local context and area is included in our history planning, developing an enriched understanding of our local community.


History Curriculum - Implementation

At Carclaze, we teach the National Curriculum for History. It is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that there is an opportunity for children achieve depth in their learning. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and vocabulary for each topic in the Knowledge Organisers, with a particular focus on progression, highlighting key events and developing an understanding of chronology.

Progression in historical knowledge and skills is explicitly planned for. By the end of year 6, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this are studies of world history, such as the ancient civilisations of Egypt and Rome.

Work is recorded in topic books and can be evidenced in a range of ways including, art work, written work, photographs or diagrams.

Cross curricular links are made where appropriate and are specifically planned for. History is used as an opportunity to apply literacy skills in a subject appropriate way.

The local area is utilised, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom where possible.

To support and supplement learning in History, we use resources found on the website ‘KeyStage History’.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance. History is taught, shared and assessed through the specific area of Understanding the World (The World and People and Communities).


History Curriculum - Impact

Impact of the curriculum in History is monitored through:

  • Learning Conversations – pupils are able to talk confidently about their learning in History to adults and to each other.
  • Low stakes testing - children show good recall of key concepts taught in previous lessons and terms e.g. quizzes, using visuals, true and false questions etc.
  • Monitoring of work in books, displays and pupil response within lessons.
  • Images and videos of the children’s practical learning.
  • Lesson visits
  • Additional assessment opportunities:

          - self-assessment

          - peer assessment

          - group assessment

          - targeted questioning


Please click below to see the current knowledge organisers (KOs) for all History topics: