Therfield First School

“Bringing Learning to Life”


History Intent Statement

At Therfield First School we believe that high quality history lessons inspire pupils’ curiosity. The schools own rich history, within the contexts of the local area, is a celebrated and inspiring feature of our curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop their own opinions and judgements.


Through a creative, multi-sensory curriculum, lessons are designed to bring history to life, immersing pupils in well thought out learning experiences. We believe that history lessons at TFS allow pupils to understand the significance of the past and how it relates to our evolving future.


The History Curriculum

Statutory requirements for the teaching and learning of History are set out in the National Curriculum History Document and within the Knowledge and Understanding of the World (KUW) section of the Early Years Foundation Stage Document.


Key Areas within the History Curriculum:

· Historical Interpretation

· Historical Investigation

· Chronological Understanding

· Knowledge and Understanding of Events, People and Changes in the Past

· Presenting, Organising and Communicating


How History is Taught at Therfield First School

Wherever possible, History is taught in a cross-curricular way with strong links made with Art, Dance, Music, Computing, Forest School, RE and English. In the Early Years, History is taught under the heading of ‘Understanding the world’ and children spend lots of time thinking about the world that they live in and the people in it. In KS1 children are taught to develop awareness for the past. They study famous people and events from history and know where they appear within a chronological framework. In KS2 children develop their skills of enquiry further – they are encouraged to develop their research skills, to find evidence, weigh it up, give reasoned explanations and sequence events. They are also encouraged to look at past societies and identify similarities and differences as well as reflect upon how these times have affected modern day life.


History is not taught as a weekly discrete subject. KS1 and KS2 follow a 2-year rolling programme of topics. Topics lead with History, Geography or Science as its central theme. During the History-based topics, the majority of the national curriculum outcomes will be covered. These may be structured into weekly sessions or may be taught as a block of lessons. Elements of the History curriculum will be taught and consolidated during other topics too.


All class topics are launched with an exciting BIG BANG to engage and enthuse pupils with their forthcoming learning. BIG BANGs will have a History-theme during topics that are History based. These may include dressing up, re-enactments, visitors, workshops or use of the outside environment.


Bright and engaging History classroom displays will showcase the topic learning journey. Cross-curricular links will be made, particularly with English and Art. The school’s high expectations for standards in writing will be evident in the pupils writing in history lessons.

Regular themed days feature within the academic year, including marking local, national and world-wide historical events.