History Curriculum Statement of Intent

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” - Marcus Garvey

History should be concerned with stimulating and promoting children’s interest and understanding of the past; the lives of people who lived in the past and how specific events have influenced our lives today and shaped modern society. Our world is everchanging and we aim to inspire in our children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, which will stay with them for the rest of their lives. We aim for the children to develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. We teach children to develop an understanding of events over time and in a chronological structure and develop the ability to communicate historical knowledge and understanding using a variety of techniques.

History teaching should enable children to develop the skills and confidence of enquiry. ie; to delve deeper, investigate, make connections, interpret, question, analyse, interpret and problem solve and ultimately improve and increase their understanding of history.

At Boreham Primary School our intention is to provide quality teaching and learning of history. We ensure progression of skills and knowledge and accurate coverage of the curriculum. The majority of children's History learning is taught during our Autumn term Discover topics. Based on the National Curriculum, key objectives and progressive skills are taught within topics in each year group. Children discover historical skills and knowledge through a key question approach to our planning and delivery.

Aims and Impact

The History curriculum at Boreham Primary School aims to:

 Enable children to discover key historical knowledge

 Develop children's empathy by learning from historical events

 Enable children to interpret primary and secondary sources

 Develop children's historical enquiry skills and research

 Give children opportunities to communicate their learning in history dramatically, verbally and narratively

Further Information

For further information about our History curriculum, please click on the links below:

History Overview

History Progression

History Policy

Knowledge Organisers

Please click on the links below to view our History Knowledge Organisers. These include the key knowledge and vocabulary your child will learn through our History Curriculum:

EYFS History Knowledge Organiser

Year 1 - The Normans

Year 2 - The Great Fire of London

Year 3 - The Ancient Egyptians

Year 4 - The Romans 

Year 4 - The Mayans

Year 5 - Anglo Saxons and Vikings

Year 6 - World War Two