• Develop historical enquiry skills so that children can ask questions, evaluate information and think critically.
  • Develop an understanding of different historical periods and events and the lives of people who lived in the past, making comparisons between these.
  • Develop a sense of chronology and appreciation of children’s historical heritage.
  • Learn to evaluate sources and connect information from different sources to build a bigger picture, appreciating that interpretations may differ.
  • Develop children’s understanding of process of change over time and how history has influenced our lives today.

How History links with our school values

Resilience – Children will become increasingly motivated to learn about the past and will be determined to ask questions and analyse information.
Aspiration – Children will develop perseverance with historical enquiry based tasks.
Integrity – Children will develop the ability to question the authenticity and reliability of sources and accounts of the past.
Respect – Children will develop empathy for what life would be like for people living in the past.


  • We follow the National Curriculum and Early Years Development Matters.
  • Our history curriculum is organised into a progression document which outlines the historical knowledge, Key Skills and vocabulary taught across the school.
  • We have a Key Skills Progression document which outlines the skills of Chronological Understanding; Historical Understanding; Interpretations of History; Historical Enquiry & Organisation and Communication covered in each year group.
  • We bring our History curriculum to life by creating engaging activities and making links to other subjects, wherever possible, to foster a topic-based approach to learning.
  • We use trips and visitors to enrich the curriculum and to bring it to life.
  • We maximise use of the local area and the rich history of the City of York.


  • Children will have an enthusiasm for history and for understanding how the past has influenced our lives today.
  • Children will acquire key enquiry skills that they can use in the future to think critically.
  • Children will have a knowledge of their local area and of the key events and people that have shaped the world in which they live.

History Curriculum Map:

Here you can see our curriculum newsletters for history: