Hayesdown First School

Striving for excellence together



At Hayesdown First School history education should be fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for history; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to develop a love for history. Furthermore, we aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about history that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world (The 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England).

History teaching at Hayesdown First School has a wide application to everyday life, teaching the children to enjoy learning about the past and to have a better understanding of the society in which they live.

The aims of teaching history in our school are:

  • to inspire pupils’ curiosity to discover more about the past and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer;
  • to enable children to know about significant events in British history and to appreciate how things have changed over time;
  • to develop a sense of chronology;
  • to know and understand how the British system of democratic government has developed and, in so doing, to contribute to a child’s citizenship education;
  • to understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture and to study some aspects of European history;
  • to have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world;
  • to help children understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage;
  • to develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation, debate, interpretation, problem solving and presentation.

Our History curriculum links with our school’s REACH values in the following ways



Children develop a sense of responsibility for the world they live in and an awareness of historical events
ENTHUSIASTIC: Children engage in practical activities and develop a rich understanding of how history has influenced the world today
AMBITIOUS: Children learn about significant people and events from the past historical events, therefore developing the cultural capital to be successful in life
CONFIDENT: Children are confident to express opinions based historical knowledge and skills
HAPPY & HEALTHY: Children feel happy knowing that they can make positive changes to help protect their environment based on historical events



Reading at the Heart of our Curriculum: 

History supports our school’s aim to place “Reading at the Heart of Hayesdown” by using a variety of quality texts, fiction and non- fiction children learn about the past and understand new vocabulary. History is concerned with the questioning and interpretation of texts of various kinds, including objects and images. Historical texts make greater linguistic demands than modern texts: they include vocabulary not used today and have more complex sentence structures therefore provide wide-ranging opportunities to challenge and intrigue children and to increase the richness and breadth of children’s vocabulary. 



The long-term overview and skills progression of History can be found here: History Curriculum Overview 2023 (1) and 

Progression of History Skills