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Intent and Implementation History

At Orchard Fields we shape our history curriculum to ensure it is 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 that encompasses the British Values throughout; ensuring the progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to study life in the past whilst developing an enjoyment of the subject.


At Orchard Fields, we aim for a high-quality history curriculum which inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge and understanding about the history of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world; significant aspects of the history of the wider world (ancient civilisations and empires); changes in living memory and beyond living memory; and lives of significant people of the past. We reach a range of methods of historical enquiry and develop children’s ability to pose their own questions. We want children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits wherever possible.


In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. History is taught as part of our topic approach, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. At Orchard Fields, we ensure that history has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences.

By the end of year 6, children will have developed a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this are studies of world history, such as the ancient civilisations of Greece, Romans and the Mayans.
Cross curricular outcomes in history are specifically planned for, with strong links between the history curriculum and literacy lessons enabling further contextual learning. The local area is also fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.

History Knowledge Progression Map

History Skills Progression Map

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