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Wendell Park Primary School

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Brackenbury, Kenmont and Wendell Park



Intent (before the teaching)

At Wendell Park, our History curriculum enables children to ask questions, think critically and develop their own perspectives and judgement whilst showing compassion to the diversity of societies and to their own identity. We inspire curiosity whilst captivating children's interests in Britain's past and that of the wider world.  Children are equipped with knowledge about the history of Britain; how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today. We want to equip our pupils with the necessary skills and language to confidently express their point of view.

By the end of their time at Wendell Park, children think like historians through:

  • Having a secure knowledge and understanding through a chronological narrative - from the earliest times to the present day including how people's lives have shaped the British nation and how Britain has influenced, and been influenced by, the wider world.
  • Understand why changes in the past are significant and why some may be more important than others.
  • Make comparisons and connections between different periods whilst explaining the similarities and differences.
  • Work with others to debate, discuss and evaluate the past through lines of enquiry.
  • Rise to challenging questions and activities, and be inspired to complete their own research.
  • Respect the views of others and use a range of historical sources to support and challenge their own view as well as the views of others.
  • Ask questions about the past including how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
  • Understand and discuss different historical concepts which thread through different periods of history.
  • Create their own structured answers and accounts, as well as presenting their ideas with confidence.

Implementation (subject in action)

We teach the knowledge, skills and understanding set out in the National Curriculum through standalone History topics. Knowledge and Understanding of the World forms the basis of the Historical learning in the foundation stage where links are made to the early learning goals. Children use information books, stories, pictures and other artefacts to explore the past, building a chronological understanding using relevant vocabulary. Throughout our History curriculum, we focus on representation for all of our pupils to help them to gain a wider sense of history from different perspectives and to learn about their own identity. Throughout KS2, Periods of History are taught in chronological order which enables children to develop their understanding of the impact of events before the time period and the influence on what came next. Through historical enquiry, children learn about significant individuals and understand the influence they had at the time and continue to have today. Children ask and answer a variety of questions drawing on their knowledge of historical facts and concepts to give evidence in their answers. Children use a range of sources and question the reliability of the source to build their own viewpoint. Star words are used in every lesson to embed historical vocabulary. To build on the knowledge and skills gained through their lessons, and for our pupils to relish and love learning about History, we make the most of the opportunities on our doorstep.  Through fieldwork and educational visits, children deepen their understanding of who and what has shaped our world today.

Impact (after the teaching)

Children communicate their learning in a variety of ways including note-taking, source analysis, inference grids and timelines. At the end of each topic, children complete a learning square answering three questions increasing in difficulty to show their understanding of a topic. They will also complete a quiz to assess their knowledge at the end of the topic. Throughout the topic, children answer philosophy questions to give detailed answers and show their point of view. Last, Last, Last questions embed prior knowledge into future lessons. Teachers update Target Tracker statements to assess children’s understanding and complete a whole class learning square at the start of each topic to assess prior knowledge linked to the new topic.


Progression of skills and knowledge

Our ‘History subject progression of skills and knowledge ‘ document gives further information about what the children are taught in this subject by year group.

Progression of skills and knowledge

Long Term Plan

Our 'Long term plan' gives a more detailed overview about what is covered every half term in each year group. 

Long term plan

History Themes and Concepts

Our History topics are underpinned by themes and concepts. This document gives further information about the concepts taught within each unit. 

Themes and concepts

History  National Curriculum

If you would like to know more, please visit History National Curriculum