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History at Gade Valley Primary School

History Subject Leader: Miss Steadman



The intent of the History curriculum is to provide children with a coherent understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. The curriculum provides children with a chronological narrative of the past and the ability to place eras and events on a timeline in chronological order. Throughout the curriculum, children also develop their understanding of significant events, how these have shaped life in the present day and that of the wider world. 

In addition, it is the intent of the curriculum to develop children’s historical concepts, such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance. Children draw on primary and secondary sources to make judgements about the past and understand how different interpretations of the past have been made. The History Curriculum will also teach the children how to effectively carry out research and ask relevant questions to find out more information about the past. 



At Gade Valley, in Early Years, the subject is taught via the Early Learning Goals linked to the specific area ‘Understanding the World’. During their time in Early Years, the children will discuss the lives of people who are familiar to them and ask questions to find out more information. From Years 1-6, History is taught in half-termly block of lessons. The timing of this unit of lessons is flexible depending on the content being covered and the skills being developed. Each unit of work has been carefully written using the guidance of the National Curriculum. At Gade Valley, we also exploit cross-curricular links where possible within our units, for example, many classes have linked their English, Art, French and many other units to their History topics.


Our teaching of History at Gade Valley is based upon the Gade Valley Principles of Teaching and Learning. This provides guidance for teachers to ensure that learning is effective. These include, challenging the children, maximising learning time, providing clear learning goals and ensuring the environment is stimulating and enhances children's learning. Throughout History lessons, these principles are adhered to and this means that children develop the core skills from the History curriculum.



At Gade Valley, the intended impact of the History Curriculum is that the majority of children in each year group are working at or above the expected level for their age. Children are assessed according to their Key Stage National Curriculum requirements based on their progression in skills and knowledge. Additionally, it is the intended impact that the children can discuss their learning and remember what they have learnt, as well as develop their curiosity of the subject.



Up to October 2021, the following measurable impact includes:

  • In the 2020/2021 academic year, the large majority of pupils achieved age related expectations or above.
  • Pupil voice has shown that children enjoy History and feel challenged with their learning.
  • Teachers link their learning across subjects and build on from previous units.
  • Pupils report that they receive regular feedback that helps further their learning.
  • Pupils state that teachers demonstrate good subject knowledge and enthusiasm when teaching History.
  • The pupils note that they particularly enjoy ‘Wow days’ such as Ancient Egypt day or Victorians day.

To see the learning in History, please visit the History page on the Celebrating Our Curriculum section.

National Curriculum for History

History Skills and Knowledge Progression