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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 


History Curriculum Overview

History Skills and Knowledge Progression Document