History Curriculum

History - Intent, Implementation and Impact

Our aim at St Gabriel’s is to encourage pupils to develop an appreciation and understanding of the past, evaluating a range of primary and secondary sources. Our young historians will also be able to explain clearly how these sources give us an insight about how people around the world used to live and how these interpretations may differ.

Pupils will be taught to make links between these areas of learning, with the aim of developing engaged, motivated and curious learners that can reflect on the past and make meaningful links to the present day.

Our History curriculum has been designed to cover all of the skills, knowledge and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum.

The National Curriculum states that ‘a high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.

To ensure that pupils develop a secure knowledge that they can build on, our History curriculum is organised into a progression model that outlines the skills, knowledge and vocabulary to be taught in a sequentially coherent way.

 Chronological Understanding; Historical Understanding; Historical Enquiry; Interpretations of History; Organisation and Communication are all mapped out to ensure that pupils build on secure prior knowledge.

 When covering each of these strands, the content will be carefully organised by each year group through a long term plan. Content knowledge, vocabulary and skills will then be planned for at a greater level of detail in the medium term plan.

History is delivered through subject specific teaching organised into blocks under a theme. Meaningful links with other subjects are made to strengthen connections and understanding for pupils.


All learning will start by revisiting prior knowledge. This will be scaffolded to support children to recall previous learning and make connections. Staff will model explicitly the subject-specific vocabulary, knowledge and skills relevant to the learning to allow them to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts. Learning will be supported through the use of knowledge organisers that provide children with scaffolding that supports them to retain new facts and vocabulary in their long term memory. Knowledge organisers are used for pre-teaching, to support home learning and also as a part of daily review.

Consistent learning walls in every classroom provide constant scaffolding for children. Tier three subject specific vocabulary is displayed on the learning wall along with key facts and questions, and model exemplars of the work being taught.

Where possible a Local History focus will be mapped into the History schemes of work. There will also be two dedicated weeks for a more in depth local history study, this will link with other areas of the curriculum, PSHE, Geography, Art and music especially. This will focus on the significant, people, events and industries that contributed to the development of Higher Folds and Leigh.

Areas of study will be allocated to different year groups which will involve, the development of Higher Folds, Mining, Mills, Canals, Famous people and how Leigh has changed over time.

Our young historians will be given a variety of experiences both in and out of the classroom where appropriate to create memorable learning opportunities and to further support and develop their understanding.

History assessment is ongoing throughout the relevant cross-curricular themes to inform teachers with their planning lesson activities and differentiation.


At St Gabriel’s  Pupil voice will shows that pupils are confident and able to talk about what they have learnt in history using subject specific vocabulary. Pupil voice also demonstrates that pupils enjoy history and are able to recall their learning over time. Pupils work demonstrates that history is taught at an age appropriate standard across each year group with opportunities planned in for pupils working at greater depth. Work is of good quality and demonstrates pupils are acquiring knowledge, skills and vocabulary in an appropriate sequence. They will also be able to develop a growing sense of knowledge and pride for where they live.

History Progression in EYFS

History Progression of skills - all year groups



Year 3 learning about the Stone Age





Year 2 Remembrance Day  - learning all about how and why we remember

Year 3 Stone Age

Year 4 Vikings - learning about invasions


Year 6 Victorians

Year 5/6  British Kings & Queens

Year 5 WWII


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