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Hallam Primary School

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Intent, Implementation and Impact


At Hallam Primary School, our History curriculum engages and excites children’s curiosity and supports the development of key historical knowledge, skills and concepts through the study of British and local history and other significant time periods and societies. In understanding periods, events and people from the past, our children will gain cultural capital and have a greater appreciation of today’s world and their place within it. History on a world scale as well as on a personal scale will build awareness of children’s own heritage and enable them to be aspirational about the role they can play in the future. History at Hallam is ambitious and motivating. Ambitious in our coverage of History and sequential teaching of core skills and concepts; motivating through exciting learning, trips and visitors that give all children an opportunity to explore and question the past.

We intend that our children will:

  • Possess a secure understanding of the chronology of significant time periods and societies, in Britain and beyond.
  • Think critically and analytically.
  • Discover connections between the History they learn and the wider community today, helping them to appreciate diversity in the modern world and their place within it.
  • Further their knowledge of continuity and change over time.
  • Differentiate between source types and explain how and why interpretations in History may differ.
  • Recognise similarities and differences within and across historical time periods.
  • Conduct enquiries into historical themes and questions and form their own opinions and interpretation of the past based on evidence.



The curriculum is led and overseen by the History lead. The History lead will ensure a regular programme of monitoring and evaluation, and the celebration of good practice informs our commitment to improving teaching and learning History at Hallam. 

The teaching, learning and sequencing of the History curriculum is as follows:

  • A blocked curriculum approach has been implemented to ensure coverage of knowledge and progression in skills and concepts.
  • In EYFS and KS1, children will focus on the world around them and their living memory of History before moving to events that go beyond living history. This will ensure a firm foundation for KS2 History.
  • In KS2, the History curriculum is planned in chronological order to allow children to build an image of History over time and to use their knowledge of previous periods, events and people to better understand current learning.
  • The progression of knowledge and skills are set out in order to build and develop the following concepts:
    • Chronological understanding
    • Significance
    • Similarity and difference
    • Cause and consequence
    • Continuity and change
    • Enquiry
    • Interpretation
  • Lessons will develop long-term memory by allowing for repetition of learning within the year and across years.
  • The use of Medium-Term Plans and Knowledge Organisers support teachers in sequencing learning, and are actively used by children as an aide-memoire during lessons and to show expectations by the end of the unit.
  • Tier 2 and 3 vocabulary is taught within the unit and reinforced throughout the year.
  • RSE and P4C are threaded through the History curriculum so children can link History to their own lives and explore their heritage and culture.



  • Children are engaged, curious and resilient in History lessons and relish the challenge and opportunities for fun that the subject offers.
  • Children are critical and analytical in their thinking, making informed and balanced judgements based on their knowledge of the past.
  • Children are aware of how historical events have shaped the world today, including History at the local and personal level.
  • Children develop enquiry skills to pursue and investigate their own interests within a topic.
  • Children visit historically relevant sites and museums and learn from visitors to enhance their learning in History and create positive memories.
  • Children retain learning and explicitly make connections between what they have previously learned and what they are currently learning.
  • Children are able to articulate what they have learned in History and can describe significant periods, events and people from the past.
  • Children remember more, know more and can do more.