“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” – Pearl Buck

“History education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.” – National Curriculum

What does History at Fieldhead Carr look like?

At Fieldhead Carr we aim for our History curriculum to develop our pupil’s passion for history, which promotes their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why we have got to where we are now. We use our history lessons to expand children’s understanding of the lives of significant individuals and key events from the past and to learn about specific periods in history and the history of our local area. We see history as a tool to ask questions, use sources of evidence, use appropriate historical vocabulary and compare, identify and describe the past, to deepen pupil’s knowledge of the wider world’s history and diversity.

The 4 Threshold concepts

Chronological Knowledge and Understanding:

Identifying links across and between different periods and between different historical categories e.g. economic, political, social, etc

Continuity and Change:

Understanding how and why change occurs in history, why and how things stay the same and analysing trends.

Cause and Consequence:

Identify, describe reasons for and results of historical events, situations and changes studied in the past.


Understanding why some events, individuals, situations, changes, societies and periods are considered significant.

Historical Enquiry:

Understanding the methods of enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims.

Throughout the History units planned and taught at Fieldhead Carr, other subjects are also woven through where appropriate such as geography, art and design, design and technology, cooking and nutrition and computing. Within the history topics, we try and provide the children with visits and visitors to allow their knowledge and skills to be extended. These visit and visitors are sometimes used to hook the children into their theme, during the theme to develop knowledge or at the end of the theme apply their knowledge. The topics children study offer scope to also use a variety of historical resources. Key technical vocabulary is identified for each unit, allowing children to build a rich bank of historical language.

Here are the periods of time that are studied over the school year to cover the 3 Threshold Concepts

Black History is studied in Autumn Term by every year group.

Subject Progression Map