Cowley Hill History Curriculum Statement

Curriculum Intent:

At Cowley Hill School, we teach a motivating and inspiring history curriculum that encourages children to ask questions about the past. Key skills are taught and progressively revisited by every child on their learning journey from Nursery until the end of Key Stage 2.

 It is our intent that key skills include:

  • Historical Investigations- teaching children to ask questions.
  • Chronological Understanding- knowing about modern history and ancient history as well as their impact on modern society.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of Events- learning about key historical events such as The Great Fire of London.
  • People and changes in the past- learning about key historical figures.

Our history curriculum will equip the children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgment.

We aim to equip pupils with cultural capital, preparing children with the essential historical knowledge and skills for what comes next. The exploration of new skills and experiences helps to nurture resilience, curiosity and creativity. Through this journey, children develop new forms of cultural capital that makes a difference in individual mind-sets, which consequently shapes their future. 


Curriculum Implementation:

History is taught across the school, developing a range of skills. All of our lessons are clearly sequenced, well-resourced and planning is informed by, and aligned with the National Curriculum. We use progression grids to ensure there are clear skills, knowledge and vocabulary progression throughout the school.

Where appropriate we use historical artefacts, visitors, workshops and visits to excite and intrigue our children giving them as much understanding as possible about what they are learning.

At Cowley Hill it is important to us to celebrate the achievements of people from all faiths, races and genders, therefore our History provision includes a focus on Black History, ensuring that we recognise the contributions of black people both in the past and in the present in our diverse world.


Curriculum Curriculum Impact:

Through the high quality first teaching of History we will see the impact of the subject in different ways.

Through pupil voice, we will see children talk about their learning sharing subject knowledge and discussing skills used to gain this. From their own research, we will see children select and use knowledge to develop their understanding of history and historical figures.

The school environment will be history rich through the use of displays, resources, artefacts and engaging vocabulary.

As historians, children will learn lessons from history to influence the decisions they may make in their lives in the future.


The impact of our curriculum is under constant review and development to ensure that it appropriately meets the needs of our children, supporting and challenging pupils to achieve their full potential.

Our curriculum is regularly monitored by:

  • Assessing children’s existing understanding and vocabulary, before and after the unit is taught.
  • Assessing children’s’ learning behaviours working towards an objective such as confidence, engagement, self-motivation, resilience, curiosity.
  • Moderation of effective planning and lesson sequences.
  • Summative assessment of children’s discussions about their learning.
  • Assessment of recorded work, which may include work in books, images of practical activities, electronic work stored on Google Classroom.
  • Interviewing the children about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Moderation staff meetings where children’s books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work.


Progression of Skills

Curriculum Learning Outcomes