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History Curriculum Intent


1. Our curriculum will represent, value and celebrate the diverse society in which we live

Our history curriculum aims to share events of the past from a diverse range of perspectives. We seek to provide the pupils with the skills to analyse sources for their reliability and look for bias in what they see and hear. We actively identify history units that celebrate the heritage of the pupils we teach and the community in which we live.

2. All children will develop into confident, articulate communicators.

Our History Curriculum helps the children to become confident, articulate communicators – we want to hear our children talking passionately about their historical learning, expressing their opinions and ideas about people, events and sources from the past, using correct terminology as they do so. 

3. All children will be challenged.

Our History Curriculum challenges the children’s thinking, ideas and thoughts about the past. We want them to ask the big questions, and value highly them pursuing and finding their own ideas through historical enquiry.  

4. The topic and content of our Curriculum will be varied, immersive and engaging.

Our children enjoy History, because their topics are engaging, exciting, diverse and immersive.  We want to see them dressing as historical characters, re-enacting events and benefitting from the range of out-of-class learning experiences that being a London school offers.

5. All children will use their creativity.

Our children express themselves and their own ideas creatively through their historical learning, and use their inspiration from history topics in other subject areas.  They know that their creativity is valued in the work they produce from their History learning.

6. All children will become happy, empathetic and confident citizens.

Learning about ideas, traditions, cultural developments and achievements in the past helps our children to grow personally and understand their roles further as modern-day community members.  

How is History taught at Henry Cavendish?

Whole School Topic Overview and Progression of Skills

We constantly review our curriculum in order for it to be relevant and of interest to the children, providing them with the knowledge and skills they need for the next stages of their lives throughout and after primary school. The progression of knowledge and skills the children need to learn have been carefully sequenced, and the summary of their learning journey in History is below or click the link to enlarge.