At Woodlands Primary School, we follow the History Curriculum that is specified in the National Curriculum 2014 and within the Early Years the statutory framework. These documents set out the breadth and depth of study and the skills and attributes for learning that children need to acquire and experience.

Our History Curriculum aims to inspire our pupils’ curiosity to know and to understand more about the past. History helps pupils to understand the process of change and continuity, the diversity of societies and how historical people and events have impacted upon our society today.

At Woodlands, our history curriculum will equip the children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgment. History forms part of our creative curriculum and, as such, is taught along with other subjects on the same theme – which are clearly stated on the Curriculum Framework Overview. EYFS and Year 1 key skills are completed through Enquiry Based Learning directed by discussions with children to cover all other curriculum objectives fluidly throughout the year.

The themes for each year group can be seen below:


Autumn Spring Summer
Year 2 Let’s Remember Great and Ghastly Events Australian Adventure
Year 3 Eurovision Iron and Stone age Romans
Year 4 Land of Hope and Glory Anglo and Scots Vikings
Year 5 Earthquakes and Volcanoes Conflict within the monarchies Ancient Greece
Year 6 Land of the Free Ancient civilisations Local Study


The national curriculum for History aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind.
  • Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’.
  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses.
  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts: understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

Below are examples of History learning at Woodlands:

Remembrance daychildren exploring artefacts year 3 drawing artefacts

Please click the links below to see how we assess children’s History progress at Woodlands:

History assessment of Key Skills Y1 – Y6