Clifford Primary School

Clifford Primary School




What History looks like in our school:

  • Our long term plans follow the National Curriculum, with clear progression from one year to the next
  • History is taught through topics, where the children are given the opportunity to find out facts, look at how events have shaped our world and develop an understand of the past compared to today
  • In their time at Clifford children will find out about local, British and world History
  • Children are encouraged to ask questions and use of a wide range of sources to build knowledge and understanding
  • Trips are encouraged to enhance the learning (eg. Caerleon, Clifford Castle, The Big Pit)
  • Cross-curricular approach to topics, where appropriate
  • Lessons provide opportunities to inspire children’s curiosity about the past.
  • Mixture of broad overviews, and depth studies


End of EYFS:

  • Children are able to talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.

End of KS1

  • Have an understanding of changes within their living memory.
  • Understand events beyond their living memory:
  • Understand the lives of significant individuals in the past:
  • Be able to compare aspects of life in different periods
  • Compare historical events, people and places in their own locality.


End of lower KS2:

  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history.
  • Establish clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Understand connections, contrasts and trends over time
  • Develop the appropriate use of historical terms.
  • Be able to address and devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.
  • Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.
Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.


This is how it works:

  • Teachers follow the Long-term plans which sets out a logical progression from one year to the next
  • Lessons are taught through a topic that runs for an extended period of time
  • Each lesson has a learning objective (or a question) which is highlighted in green if the child has met the objective
  • Visitors and trips bring the subject to life
  • Teachers use a range of sources and help children to identify reliable sources of information
  • Objectives from other subjects such as maths, reading or writing are used where appropriate
  • Children are taught factual knowledge as well as skills





This is what we might see in a typical lesson:

  • Children learning from a wide range of sources, including information technology
  • A mixture of broad and detailed studies
  • Children encouraged to ask questions and observe patterns and connections
  • Teachers with excellent subject knowledge who are enthusiastic about sharing it with the children
  • Children building up a chronological understanding



The impact of the teaching

  • Children enjoy learning about history and build up a chronological understanding of key events in world history
  • Children use reliable sources of information effectively and recognise that some sources are more valid than others
  • Children confidently present their knowledge and understanding in a range of ways
  • Children make progress in line with the national average, building on their understanding from one year to the next


How do we know how well children are doing in History in Clifford Primary School?

  • Book scrutinies
  • Learning walk
  • Children interviews
  • Teacher questioning and observations