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Autumn 2019 we are embedding a new progressive skills framework for History across the school. 


History Curriculum Intent 


At Aveton Gifford C of E Primary, we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. Children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically.  

We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become historians:  

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past;  

  • The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources;  

  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by asking and answering questions 

  •  A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning;  

  •  A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways 



At Aveton Gifford, these skills are embedded within history lessons and developed throughout their journey of the history curriculum. By the end of their primary education, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from Stone Age to present day. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this is the need to look at world history such as the ancient civilisations of Greece and the Mayans. We use the National Curriculum Programmes of study to guide us on the content and focus of each objective to inform our curriculum.  



Our History Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. At Aveton Gifford, we strive to create a supportive and collaborative ethos for learning by providing investigative and enquiry based learning opportunities. Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking which helps children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and fires children’s curiosity to know more about the past. Through this study children learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.