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Purpose of the Curriculum

(What will a high quality History education do for our children?)

  • Excite a life long curiosity to know more about the past
  • Promote fascination about the history of people and places.
  • Equip pupils with knowledge about Britain’s past and that of the wider world
  • Encourage children to find out about their own history
  • Inspire pupils to ask perceptive questions and to think critically
  • Develop a range of skills to ‘think and work like historians’ 

Aim of the Curriculum

By the end of their time at Smith’s Wood Primary Academy, all pupils should be able to:


To have a clear understanding of the history of Britain:

  • Know and understand the history of Britain (from the earliest times until present day)
  • To know how peoples lives have shaped Britain
  • To understand how  Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world

To know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world:

  • To discover the nature of ancient civilisations
  • To understand how and why empires have expanded and dissolved over time
  • To identify characteristic features of past non- European societies
  • To know about the achievements and foolishness of mankind

To develop historical understanding:

  • To understand historical concepts
  • To understand and develop methods of historical enquiry
  • To gain historical perspective


To use and apply the skills of a historian

  • To use historical terms accurately
  • To make connections between events or periods
  • To draw contrasts
  • To analyse trends
  • To frame historically valid questions
  • To create their own structured account  

Key Stage 1 Objectives 

Chronological Understanding:

  • To know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework.
  • To create a timeline of events
  • To identify similarities and differences between life in different periods.

Historical Vocabulary

  • To use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms.
  • To use common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.

Historical Skills

  • To understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.
  • To ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events.
  • To present findings in a variety of ways 

Historical Understanding

  • To know about changes in living memory (last 100 years)
  • To know about significant national or global events (over 100 years ago)
  • To know about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements
  • To know why people did things, why events happened and what happened as a result
  •  To compare aspects of life for significant individuals in different periods  (compare periods)
  • To understand significant historical events, people and places in our locality
  •  To begin to understand British Values
  • To recognise key individuals from the British Royal family
  • To recognise the national anthem


Chronological Understanding:

  • To continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history
  • To place events, people and places in correct periods of time
  • To use dates to describe key events or periods in history
  • To note connections, contrasts and trends over time

Historical Vocabulary

  • To develop the appropriate use of historical terms

Historical Skills           

  • To regularly address historical questions
  • To devise historically valid questions
  • To construct responses that include selection, consideration and organisation of historical information
  • To understand that our knowledge of the past is gained from a variety of sources
  • To question the validity of sources
  • To consider differing views and representations of some historical events, people and changes, and understand how and why they have been interpreted in these ways.
  •  To select an appropriate form in which to present understanding or findings

Historical Understanding    

Children will gain an understanding of the characteristic features of the period studied (to include: beliefs and attitudes, experiences of men, women and children

World History

  • To understand the Mesozoic era (Dinosaurs)
  • To understand the history of a non European society and compare and contrast to British History

European History

  • To understand the Roman Empire and how it impacted on life in Britain
  • To understand where and when the earliest ancient civilisations took place, including an in depth study into one of the early ancient civilisation.
  • To understand the lives and achievements of the ancient Greeks and how they influenced the western world

British History

  •  To understand British settlement of the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings
  • To understand local history and how periods within history have affected the locality
  • To understand a theme or aspect of British history over time to the present day (Education, technology, art)
  • To understand how war has affected the history of Britain and the wider world
  •  To understand how and why significant individuals have influenced Britain and the wider world  (Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandella, Monarchies, )
  • To understand the history of sport and how it has influenced societies
  • To demonstrate an understanding of British Values
  • To recite the national anthem