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History Curriculum Statement

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

Our History curriculum’s intention is to inspire curiosity about Britain’s past and that of the wider worldto 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 themesin 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