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History Curriculum Statement


  • The intent of History in Hawthorne Primary school is to teach children an awareness of the past.
  • Children will be immersed in history and use key skills to develop their understanding.
  • We aim for children to be inspired to learn.
  • History lessons will involve cross curricular links, including our value-based education.
  • Children will show curiosity, wonder and ask questions about key people and events.
  • Children will show respect for Historical artefacts and sources.
  • Children will enjoy investigating and interpreting finding and observations.


  • Teaching will follow the curriculum ladder to ensure that progression is made. Progression will be shown over a sequence of lessons, through the units and through year groups.
  • Children will be aware of chronology through the use of timelines and understand where this fits into children’s lives.
  • Children will be taught key skills like asking and answering questions, how to use sources to gain evidence and show understanding and identifying similarities and differences.
  • Subject specific vocabulary will be used by adults and children.
  • All year groups will learn about people who have contributed to significant events.
  • Creative approaches will be used to show the different ways in which the past can be represented, communicated and organised.
  • Opportunities will be provided for children to investigate. This will be done through questions or handling resources.
  • Opportunities will be provided for children to interpret information trough observing, comparing and contrasting.


What will we see if we are successfully meeting our intent and how will we see it?

  • Pupils will be confident and enjoy talking about their learning.
  • Pupils will use key vocabulary and names.
  • Books will show age appropriate work with key skills being taught.
  • Evidence of a range of teaching strategies, including indoor and outdoor learning, external visits, role play and sources.
  • Topic displays will show children’s work and children will be able to talk about what they have learnt.
  • Assessment will show progression across the year.