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. As well as key periods of British history, children will compare and contrast a rage of ancient civilisations from the wider world and understand the ways in which they have shaped life today. Children will explore influential events and people, and the commitment of these significant people throughout history. 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 to 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 the children leave our school they should have developed…

  • 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

We teach history through a knowledge rich curriculum. Children evidence their increased knowledge through their work and participation in lessons. Teachers talk to the children about how they are progressing and target their lessons to ensure that children aquire the knowledge necessary to be able to progress in ther learning. Lessons are centered around a core iece of knowledge and children self-assess their understanding in relation to this. The history co-ordinator has termly release time to talk to pupils, monitor books and compare them with planning. 

Our history co-ordinator is Mrs Coombs.