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History purpose of study

A high-quality 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.

Source: National Curriculum, 2014

Golden Threads of Learning for history

Within history, the children focus on 'golden threads' of learning to develop and deepen a coherent understanding of key concepts, and their relevance to periods of history.


From EYFS, children develop their history knowledge through enquiry based questions that allow them to make links to previous learning; enquiry based questions ensure that children of all abilities are sufficiently challenged through high expectations.


Our key golden threads (substantive knowledge) are:

  • Monarchy and Power
  • Society and Legacy
  • Government and Democracy
  • Trade & Economics
  • Invasion and Settlement


Children focus on disciplinary skills within each topic. These are defined as:

  • Cause & Consequence
  • Change & Continuity
  • Chronology
  • Similarity and Difference
  • Significance

Whole School History Timeline

History Curriculum LTP Overview


History Intent

At Preston Primary we aim to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for History by providing a broad and balanced curriculum which is fully inclusive to every child.              


We seek to inspire and promote the children’s interest and understanding in a range of events and people, together with the chronology of these events and a developing a deep understanding how they have shaped the world we live in.


Our History curriculum is designed to develop these concepts, knowledge and skills so that are progressive as well as transferable, allowing the children to develop a love for History throughout their time at Preston Primary and consequently, carry this forward to their further education and even life beyond.


We want our children to enjoy and love learning about History not just through experiences in the classroom, but also through the use of educational visits.


Through high quality teaching, we aim to develop the following key characteristics of a good historian:


  • An excellent knowledge of significant historical events and persons, both in Britain and the wider world
  • Being able to establish clear narratives within and across periods studied
  • An extensive base of historical knowledge and vocabulary
  • Fluency in historical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills, as well as effective presentation techniques
  • The ability to reach clear conclusions and explain their findings
  • Excellent critical thinking and judgement.  
  • The ability to find diversities within societies and relationships between different groups.
  • The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding.
  • A genuine interest in the subject and a real sense of curiosity about the world and how the past has shaped it.
  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources
  • An understanding of their own identity and challenges of their time.


History across the school

Examples of work