Statement of Intent

History at Heddington will equip children with a coherent, chronological understanding of the history of Britain from prehistoric times to the modern day, alongside developing empathy with people from our past. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children will increase their understanding of the past and present through activities and listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems. Children in year 1-6 will study key periods of British history as well as compare and contrast a rage of ancient civilisations to understand the ways in which they have shaped life today. As historians, children will analyse a range of sources and conduct their own interpretations of the past. They will gain a rich vocabulary to help them communicate their understanding of the historical periods studied and, where appropriate, explore the influences and echoes of these periods in our locality. During each unit taught, children will have the opportunity to explore the lasting legacy of those who have come before us.

What do we want Children to Gain from History?

By the time children leave our school they should have developed:

  • A rich historical vocabulary.
  • A secure knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from the historical periods covered. 
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences. 
  • The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, forming and refining questions and lines of enquiry. 
  • A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways. 
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgements. 

How we Assess Impact

Each history topic has an overarching enquiry question, with clear objectives and outcomes. Children evidence their learning in a wide range of sources, including questioning, interactions with peers during discussions, practical activities, the interpretation of sources and through writing in different genres. We also hold book looks with the children to build an emerging picture of what the pupil knows, understands and can do.

Our history co-ordinator is Mrs Coombs.