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History is all around us. The study of history ignites children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Through finding out about how and why the world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time, children understand how the past influences the present. History enables children to develop a context for their growing sense of identity and a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. What our pupils learn through history can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. At Leigh Primary School our intent, when teaching history, is to stimulate the children’s curiosity in order for them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.


Our history curriculum is taught each Friday during our curriculum focussed days. Children work in their individual year groups to learn history as we feel that this best supports their progression as learners.  We use a curriculum designed by Ark Mastery Ark Curriculum Plus, which is a non-profit organisation dedicated to transforming education in the UK.

We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. It is important that the children develop progressive skills of a historian throughout their time at Leigh Primary School and do not just learn a series of facts about the past. In History, pupils look at evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusion. To do this successfully, as historians, they need to be able to research, interpret evidence, including primary and secondary sources, and have the necessary skills to argue for their point of view; skill that will help them in their adult life.


By the time the children at Leigh Primary School leave our school they will have developed:

  • A secure knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from the historical periods covered.
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
  • The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, forming and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
  • A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgements.
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.


The EYFS framework is structured very differently to the national curriculum as it is organised across seven areas of learning rather than subject areas. History in the Early Years is mainly taught through ‘Understanding the World’. The EYFS Framework states:

'Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them – from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society such as police officers, nurses and firefighters. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. As well as building important knowledge, this extends their familiarity with words that support understanding across domains. Enriching and widening children’s vocabulary will support later reading comprehension.'

 In planning and guiding what children learn, we reflect on the different rates at which children are developing and adjust our practice appropriately. Historical Enquiry links to the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning by:

  • Identifying similarities and differences.
  • Knowing that information can be retrieved from books, the internet and people.
  • Beginning to ask and answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions in response to stories or events.

Cultural Capital

Children will learn about areas of significant historical interest within their local area. In addition, they will learn about current topical historical events such as changes within the monarchy and important sporting events.

They will also experience the following:

  • Visits within the local area: including trips to Hever Castle, War Memorial during Remembrance Day.
  • Online workshops to develop understanding of a topic.
  • Opportunities to explore artefacts from a specific period of history.
  • Learning about and celebrating historical events such as Bonfire Night and St. George’s Day.