History Curriculum Statement


At Heytesbury we believe that it is crucial that our children develop an understanding of history and values, of Britain and the wider world, and how it impacts upon us in the present. Our curriculum is developed in line with the National Curriculum, and is delivered in a way that is interesting, relevant to our children and links to other areas of learning, wherever possible. Our desire is that students build richly connected knowledge, vocabulary and skills that they can carry forward through their education and their lives.

Our aim is that we inspire our children to become active and curious in regards to history. We want our pupils to develop the tools to evaluate information about the past and make informed judgements based on this, and help them understand what happened in the past, and how this shaped the world they live in. We believe it is crucial that children learn about the events and people that have shaped our nation and its values, as well as other civilizations through time.

At Heytesbury School, our intent in history is to inspire the children’s curiosity about the past and to understand how it has influenced the present. We strive to give the children a solid foundation and broad overview in some of the most important periods, events and themes in British and world history.

Children will be provide with opportunities to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement whilst developing the confidence to form their own opinions, whilst understanding that others may have views different to their own.

Through our history curriculum, we endeavor to teach children to understand the complexities of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies, and relationships between different groups.  This will contribute to the broadening of children’s horizons and allow them to challenge preconceived ideas thus developing key life skills which will support the next stage of education and beyond. 



History plays an important role in the curriculum at Heytesbury. From Year One to Year Six we use the Rising Stars scheme of work is taught through a half-termly topic approach, operating on a rolling programme. Throughout the process of history teaching  children will develop the skills required to be successful historians. They will look closely at the world around them, both locally and further afield, and gain an appreciation of people, time and places different to their own. The subject is taught from Early Years (in the form of Understanding the World) through to Year 6. Children gain new knowledge skills along the way, as well as further developing what they have learned before. Where possible we seek to further enhance these learning experiences with relevant trips, both locally and further afield.



The children at Heytesbury will leave the school equipped with both the skills and knowledge required to access the subject at Key Stage 3. They will also be able to better understand Britain’s place in the world and how past events have shaped it.