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Curriculum Intent: History

Possibilities - To have high aspirations and know all of the opportunities available to them.     

Growth -To recognise and celebrate their own individual journey, understanding their own uniqueness and strengths and those of others.                                                               

Communication - To have high levels of oracy; having a rich and wide vocabulary to be able to explain their own ideas and thinking and be able to collaborate and respond to others.

Whole school curriculum vision for History


To have high aspirations
Our children will have the opportunity to explore their curiosity about the past, delving into global events and significant individuals that changed the world around us. We will aim to open up their own individual past, exploring how events shaped their lives and will continue to affect their futures. We will then expand this to explore evidence from national and global historical events and build upon the children’s knowledge, ability to question and use of key vocabulary. We will also open the children’s eyes to careers based around history such as an archaeologist or history teacher.


To recognise and celebrate their own individual journey
Our children will begin to explore their own past through a historical lens, thinking about different events that have happened in their lifetime and how they have influenced their lives. They will then begin to expand this lens and consider events that are beyond their own personal past, beginning with the past of Britain and then the wider world. We will consider how these events and individuals have influenced our lives. Whilst also considering how we believe the world will continue to be affected by future events and key individuals.


To have high levels of oracy
During their historical journey, our children will be exposed to a wide range of vocabulary that reflects the evidence based investigations we will conduct. During History lessons, children will learn how to use subject appropriate vocabulary to discuss their observations of evidence, discuss their opinions and question events. The children will be able to use their historical vocabulary to explain their own ideas, whilst responding to others and collaborating with peers during discussions and investigations.


Our pupils should be able to organise their knowledge, skills and understanding into the following threshold concepts:

  •  Investigating and interpreting evidence
  •  Connections in world history
  • Chronology
  • Historical communication

These key concepts underpin the children’s learning through the year groups from Reception to Year 2. This enables pupils to reinforce and build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject specific language. 

The vertical accumulation of knowledge and skills from Years R to 2 is mapped as follows:

Progression in Threshold Concepts 

The procedural and semantic knowledge pupils need to understand the threshold concepts

Threshold Concepts

Reception Step - Foundations to Basic

Year 1 Step - Basic

Year 2 Step - Advancing to Deep

H1- Investigating and interpreting evidence

Beginning to handle evidence and make comments

Use a wider variety of evidence and begin to make comparisons

Use a range of evidence to ask questions and find answers about the past

H2- Connections in world history

Understand how community and family experiences can impact your own

Understand that significant events will influence the present and future

H3- Chronology

Understand the concept of ‘past’

Begin to understand short and long term timescales

H4- Historical communication

Begin to know and use some subject specific vocabulary and use in conversation

Know and use subject specific language and begin to use appropriately in verbal accounts

Know and use subject specific language and begin to use appropriately in written accounts

Threshold Concepts

End Point

H1- Investigating and interpreting evidence

By the end of Year 2...

Our children will be able to use a range of historically appropriate words and phrases relating to the past and passing of time. They will be able to explain the events they have studied and recall where they sit within history. Children will also be able to share their knowledge of some significant figures from history that they have learnt about. Pupils will be confident in using their historical knowledge to ask and answer appropriate questions, using evidence to demonstrate how we learn about the past.

H2- Connections in world history
H3- Chronology
H4- Historical communication

Aspirations For The Future

Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.

Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Historian:

· Archaeologist

· Teacher

· Curator

· Historian 

For more careers, please visit First Careers



Through the explicit teaching of History skills, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time.   

Pupil Voice

“In History we learn about things that happened a long time ago, we learnt about the past and different people”
“We’ve looked at different moments of the past”
“Sometimes we look at very, very old objects”
“ We learnt about Captain Cook, he’s a pirate” “Captain Cook was a navigator, he went sailing” he was a “famous captain”
“Florence Nightingale was the lady with the lamp” “Florence Nightingale helped people”


Here is what History looks like at The Avenue: