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History Curriculum Statement


At Harefield Primary School, we deliver the History curriculum, following the National Curriculum.


Our History curriculum’s intention is to inspire curiosity about Britain’s past and that of the wider world, to create passionate, engaged historians who can think critically and have a good understanding of the history of their own locality, as well as the wider world. In addition, to gain knowledge of the impact history has had on the modern world and their own lives.


We tailor and put greater emphasis on specific themes, in response to our pupils needs For example:


  • Local history – every year group will have the opportunity to complete a local area study, which will focus on a significant event or person within Southampton/ Hampshire, to give them wider experiences and gain more knowledge of where they live.


    Our whole curriculum is comprehensibly planned and clearly sequenced and History follows this consistent design, effectively adapting and developing to meet the needs of ALL pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs and/ or Disabilities and those that are disadvantaged.


    Our History curriculum is taught by the class teacher, who will first revisit prior learning. We return to previous learning, in order for pupils to retrieve knowledge from their long-term memory and build on this, with the introduction of new knowledge. This is through an approach of clear modelling and scaffolding of new concepts. The pupils will then practise applying this knowledge in a group or individual task and have opportunities to deepen their understanding with reasoning and explanation.


    We use key CONCEPTS that are thread through our History curriculum, from Yr R to Yr 6, in order to build on prior learning and support pupils making strong links in their knowledge, from previous learning.

    History Topic Overview

    For more information on what your child will be learning in History, please go to Curriculum/ Yr R to Yr 6 Curriculum Newsletters for the appropriate term.

    Year group





    Local History/ Changes to school life

    First Aeroplane Flight

    Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria


    Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong

    Florence Nightingale and nursing

    The Great Fire of London


    Local History – Titanic

    Stone Age to Iron Age

    Vikings and Anglo Saxons



    Health and Hygiene



    The Tudors of Tudor House

    Ancient Egypt

    World War Two


    The Romans in Britain

    Mayan Civilisation


    Local History -  Harefield House

    Progression of skills in History

    History Concept Map

    Partnership Information

    Harefield Primary School is proud to be
    a part of the Edwin Jones Partnership

    Edwin Jones Partnership

    Hamwic Education Trust
    Hamwic Teaching Schools Alliance