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  • For children to see history as detectives
  • For children to be inquisitive about the past
  • For children to have a secure knowledge and understanding of chronology; from the earliest to the present day
  • To use historical vocabulary
  • To understand such ideas as continuity and change
  • To ask questions
  • To use and know the difference between primary and secondary resources
  • To be exposed and to explore hands on artefacts
  • Children should be taught changes in living memory
  • Children should be taught events beyond living memory, nationally or globally
  • For children to learn about significant individuals



At Whitings Hill History is taught in units throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning.

  • Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each unit and theses are mapped across the school, ensuring that knowledge builds progressively and that children develop skills systematically.
  • Children will be given a knowledge organiser at the start of each topic, which details some key information, dates and vocabulary to support children in their acquisition of knowledge and as a reference document
  • Existing knowledge is checked at the beginning of each topic. This ensures that teaching is informed by the children’s starting points
  • Tasks are selected and designed to provide appropriate challenge to all learners, in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.
  • At the end of each topic, key knowledge is reviewed by the children and checked by the teacher and consolidated as necessary.
  • Cross curricular outcomes in history are specifically planned for
  • The history provision is resourced and specific resources are mapped to specific year groups and units
  • Children are given opportunities, where possible, to study artefacts, leading to enquiry, investigation and interpretation
  • Children are encouraged to discover links and connections to the history they learn and the wider community and locality
  • Barnet’s School library service is fully utilised to provide additional termly resources.
  • Educational visits and visitors enrich the learning experiences of all children
  • Key questions and examples of children’s work are display to create a rich learning environment