'The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.' - Theodore Roosevelt


How history supports our school's vision:

In history, pupils are encouraged to question their understanding of the past allowing them to enjoy all that history has to offer. We want to spark children's curiosity about their learning of the past and to foster a love of learning of this subject which will remain with them and prepare them for the next stage of their learning journey. The study of our history is a way to put the pieces of the past together and show how we came to be where we are today. We aim to enrich, delight and promote a desire for knowledge from our future historians here at Aberford.


Without History, there would be no future!


At Aberford C of E Primary school, we have mapped our history curriculum over a two-year rolling programme to ensure children build their knowledge, skills and vocabulary from the year before. We ensure progression in each year group and assess the pupils in a variety of ways to inform our future planning and lesson delivery. 


NEW FOR 2021: This year, we have re-mapped some of our history curriculum to further enhance our pupils learning of history. We believe it is important that our children develop a strong set of values and principles, and that they question and understand what it means to grow up in British society. Through a rich and challenging history curriculum, and through a focus on key events in British History, we invite pupils to reflect upon their role in a diverse, multicultural and multi-faith society. The past was full of diverse people and our pupils are entitled to learn about this diverse past. In our history lessons, we aim for our children to see their connection to the past and to understand the world today.

We support our pupils to develop a deeply embedded appreciation of the values of fairness and democracy through our history curriculum. 


National Curriculum Aims for all pupils:

  •  know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed   
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

History - Long Term Plans and Progression

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach, please contact the school directly.

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