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The Intent, Implementation and Impact of our HISTORY curriculum:

Our Approach (Intent):

At Springfield, our intent is that our teaching of History will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim for it to inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past and to know more about the people that came before them. We aim to enable children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. We believe that studying history improves our decision making and judgment. History also teaches us how to learn from the mistakes of others. History helps us understand change and societal development. Through the teaching of History, we endeavour to teach children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.


History lessons focus on developing historical skills and children working as historians. We intend for our children to have real life experiences and learn about history in an active and creative way. Links to Geography and other subject areas are also explored. The planning of learning always begins with the skills and knowledge that needs to be taught and enrichment opportunities and opportunities to apply learning are carefully mapped.

Aims and Objectives


For Staff:

  • To foster in children an interest in the past and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer.
  • To develop an interest in our history through practical experiences and investigations through an active and creative way.
  • To provide opportunities for the development and understanding of historical development in the wider world.

 For Children:

  • To develop an enjoyment of learning History through practical activity, exploration and investigation
  • To develop an understanding and appreciation of our past and the way their ancestors lived
  • To develop an understanding of  society and their place within it, so that they can develop a sense of their cultural heritage
  • To develop the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation.
  • To experience first class experiences to enable them to understand the world and the community that they live in.
  • To recall historical facts, concepts, dates and years that are integral to our history.
  • To be critical in their thinking by establishing relationships, drawing inferences and conclusions about historical artefacts, text and pictures.
  • To show respect towards others way of life and appreciate cultural differences.

How History is implemented:

Currently we: 

  • Ensure that the teaching of History is delivered in a practical and engaging way;
  • Deliver practical opportunities to discover interesting parts of History before the expectation of writing;
  • Deliver our history curriculum within our half-termly topics, which cover a broad range of objectives;
  • Support the teaching and learning of key History vocabulary via displays within the classroom;
  • Use artefacts and resources to stimulate, engage and structure discussion and exploration;
  • Give instant feedback regarding their knowledge, through our core skills approach to teaching and learning;
  • Provide opportunities for practical home-learning to further support knowledge and understanding;
  • Use the education library service as a resource to ensure that there is a range of historical texts, books and pictures for the children to explore;
  • Use the website as a tool to show our practical experiences and learning to parents.
  • Create knowledge organisers to show the coverage of knowledge for the half-term. 
  • Host a quiz at the beginning and end of each topic to assess understanding.

Please click on the PDF to see our

History Subject Knowledge Roadmap: 



Where can you see the impact of our History curriculum?

  • Evidence of History work in our Learning Journeys
  • The variety of History activities in our Topic planning
  • Classroom and corridor displays
  • Videos and photographs on our website Class Pages
  • Our Adam Pepper videos