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At Portfields Primary School, we are dedicated to providing a high-quality enriching History curriculum from EYFS to Year 6. We encourage pupils to develop an appreciation and understanding of the past which is aided through the use of primary and secondary sources. As engaged and curious learners, pupils will develop analytical skills to make links between different periods of history including links to the present day.



A Portfields child will:

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of significant individuals and events from a range of historical eras, including significant events in Britain’s past
  • Develop a sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways, developing perspective and judgement
  • Develop analytical and critical thinking skills to make links between different periods in History.
  • Have respect for historical evidence and make critical use of it to support their learning
  • Undertake research to delve deeper across a range of historical topics
  • Be equipped with the historical skills and knowledge to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry
  • Be fluent in using History specific vocabulary.
  • Develop a sense of chronology of significant individual, events and historical eras




How we promote the love of History and the value of scholarship throughout all Historical topics.

  • Using the Cornerstones Curriculum we teach History through themed topics. Themed topics allow for meaningful links between other subjects that strengthen connections and understandings for pupils.
  • Knowledge and skills progression grids outline what is taught when and how the learning of History progresses through the school
  • Three History topics are taught in each academic year (except in EYFS which is ongoing)
  • History in-depth planning is underpinned by our four curriculum drivers (Diversity, Independence, Resilience and Aspiration)
  • Planning is interleaved so that children ‘Learn more and remember more’
  • History is taught in a block (History day or week) or during weekly lessons
  • To develop curiosity and bring History to life we engage in ‘WOW’ days by visiting historical places or experiencing History in school (dressing up as a Roman…)
  • A range of historical sources are used (artefacts where possible)
  • Subject specific vocabulary will be modelled throughout each lesson, and pupils will be encouraged to use it in their own work. 



  • History is often supported and scaffolded through reading stories, exploring artefacts, sequencing events in a timeline and comparing the lives of significant historical figures.


  • Skills and knowledge is built upon through comparing the aspects of life through different eras on a local and global level.
  • Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking and questioning which helps pupils gain coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world, and are curious to know more about the past.
  • Pupils learn to ask perspective questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
  • A History timeline is present in all Key Stage Two classrooms
  • have learnt during a celebration showcase of their learning.