History Curriculum

Our History Curriculum is built around the progression of the following ‘big ideas':

chronology, exploration, invasion, civilisation, legacy, monarchy, and religion.

During a pupil’s journey from Y1 to Y6, our History curriculum builds on the Knowledge and Understanding of the world our children develop across EYFS.

Our aims are to provide a broad, balanced History curriculum that ensures development of historical understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our curriculum ensures that pupils develop not only their historical knowledge, skills and vocabulary but a love for history that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

The aims of history in our school are:

  •       To enable children to know about significant events in British and world history and to appreciate how things have changed over time.
  •       To develop a sense of chronology.
  •       To help children understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their local heritage.
  •       To develop in children the skills of enquiry, evaluation, interpretation and presentation enabling them to ‘think as historians’.

All of the National Curriculum is taught but via an enriched National Curriculum+ offer and ‘50 things’, we ensure that children have as many opportunities to make meaningful links to real life contexts and experiences.


Whole School History Overview

History is embedded in the EYFS curriculum and is taught discretely in lessons across KS1 and KS2 where each year group studies at least two History topics during the year. All of the National Curriculum is taught and builds upon the Knowledge and Understanding of the world our children develop across EYFS. History topics are taught in blocks and historical enquiry skills are interwoven in every lesson throughout each school year. National Curriculum objectives are regularly revisited throughout a child’s Linthorpe journey in order to broaden and deepen knowledge.


At Linthorpe, we believe that knowledge is the essential foundation needed for learning, and for skills to be built upon. Each History topic has a set of 'Knowledge Organisers' which contain the basic historical knowledge that we ensure the children will acquire over the course of the topic.

Our children are taught using these organisers and they are referenced in every History lesson. To ensure that the children retain this knowledge, they are involved in a memory cycle. We regularly quiz the children using the History knowledge organisers in order to make links and deepen understanding.

Historical Enquiry Skills

Through our History curriculum, children are also taught to ‘think like historians’. During their history lessons, children develop their understanding of enquiry, evaluation, interpretation and presentation. Children learn to apply and extend their knowledge using chronology, historical interpretation, historical enquiry and organisation and communication of their ideas.


In History, assessment is continuous. From the beginning of every lesson, teachers assess what their pupils understand and use this to scaffold each segment of the lesson. At the end of each term, the children will complete a quiz based on their new History knowledge. The quizzes contain both fact retrieval and application questions to ensure both knowledge and understanding is assessed. These quizzes are repeated half-termly to ensure children are retaining previous knowledge too.

To assess their historical understanding and application of knowledge, children complete a ‘probing question’ assessment at the end of each unit. The probing questions assess the depth of historical knowledge and also promote higher order thinking skills such as applying, analysing, evaluating and creating.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development in History

At Linthorpe Community Primary School, we recognise that the personal development of our pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness plays a significant role in their ability to learn, achieve and shine. SMSC is an integral part of our ethos and is apparent in History lessons:

Spiritual - Pupils are provided with engaging History lessons which encourages them to show a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.

Moral – Pupils learn to respect other’s ideas and opinions when answering historical questions and analysing sources of evidence. When ‘thinking like historians’, children are taught to understand historical differences and to evaluate the reasons why accounts may differ.

Social – Throughout History lessons, pupils are encouraged to work effectively with others and build good relationships.

Cultural - Our daily Cultural Capital sessions stimulate pupils’ curiosity about famous historical figures.