The History Curriculum at Fairstead Primary                                                            Subject Lead: Megan Burroughs                                           


Our History curriculum aims to help children develop a coherent understanding of the history of Britain and the wider world. We want our children to recognise how our country has been shaped by the past and how significant individuals and events have influenced our lives today. By studying history, children will learn about people and societies and begin to think critically about conflicts and change, considering both sides, before forming their own opinions.  

Our curriculum is relevant to the children in our school. We make links with our local area wherever possible so that children develop knowledge, building on their own personal experiences. 

We believe that all children are entitled to receive a high-quality of education regardless of their needs or disabilities. We believe that it is vital that our children are equipped with the tools and skills needed to become independent learners, both inside and outside of the classroom. For further information please see our SEND information report and Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy. 


In EYFS, our curriculum is based on the EYFS Development Matters document for children from birth to age 5.  It is for all children, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This curriculum is followed throughout Nursery and Reception.

Our teaching is based on the Characteristics of Effective Learning:                                                                                                                                                   

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

Understanding the World –People and Communities. The World. Technology.

In EYFS, the children will find out about past and present events relevant to their lives and begin to know about their own and other people’s cultures in order to understand and celebrate similarities and differences. This can be through adult-led activities or self-select activities during ‘child initiated play’, where they choose whether to play indoors or outside. During this time they have access to the wide range of activities and have time to enjoy sustained play and develop deeper thinking.

In KS1 and 2, our History curriculum follows the National Curriculum and incorporates the CQ Essentials Curriculum milestones, allowing children to investigate and interpret the past, build an overview of world history, have an understanding of chronological and communicate historically. These four ‘threshold concepts’ are woven into the History units we teach.   

Each threshold concept in our curriculum is organised into 3 milestones, each covering approximately two years, giving children opportunity to achieve and master them.   

Our progressive curriculum has been carefully planned to allow opportunities for making links and building on prior knowledge. Our knowledge categories, which thread through the different units, help us achieve this. These are: 

  • Settlements                                                                                                                     
  • Conflict 
  • Food and farming 
  • Society  
  • Culture and past times 
  • Artefacts 
  • Beliefs 
  • Main events 
  • Travel and exploration 
  • Location  

Children learn history in a range of ways including practical work, direct teaching, collaborative learning and independent work to ensure an inclusive and interesting curriculum. Our children also have opportunities to explore the wealth of history in our local area.                                            


During their time at Fairstead, children will grow into mini historians, ready for the challenges of Key Stage Three and beyond, and with the skills and enthusiasm to be learners for life. Through developing an understanding of those that came before us and what happened in different places, our children have empathy for others and will grow into responsible citizens who are confident to make their own decisions and challenge injustice. 

Teachers and school staff are constantly assessing children’s progress and understanding through discussion and structured activities, adapting their practice accordingly. Children complete Proof of Progress tasks (POP tasks) at the end of each unit in which they can show their knowledge, vocabulary and skills they acquired during the unit.                                

History Curriculum Map 2023-24

History Learning Journey Milestone 1

History Learning Journey Milestone 2

History Learning Journey Milestone 3

Contact Us

Headteacher: Daniel Farthing
Address: William Booth Road
Kings Lynn
PE30 4RR

Tel: 01553 774666
Email: office@fairstead.norfolk.sch.uk


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