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Hillcrest's 5 Principles of History

At Hillcrest, each subject team has created 5 key principles, outlining what makes up quality teaching in each subject:

  1. Vocabulary being modelled and used. Where possible KO available for the children. 

  1. A balance of skills and knowledge being taught and embedded 

  1. Questioning used to encourage children to think like an Historian/Archaeologist (How do we know this?) 

  1. Engaging activities accessed by all 

  1. A clear understanding of where events take place in History 


Click on the INTENT, IMPLEMENTATION and IMPACT bars below to discover why and how we teach History.

INTENT Statement for History

Here at Hillcrest Primary school, it is our aim to instil a love of History in all our children. 

We aim to provide a history curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum History Programmes of study. We aim to provide an interesting and varied curriculum that interests and intrigues our children while meeting the needs of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities. 

From EYFS up to the end of KS2, the children will be taught about various historical events, where they take place within a historical timeline and famous historical figures, some of which have shaped the world today. We will, where possible, link History to other subject areas. We will monitor progress regularly through learning walks, lesson visits, book scrutiny and pupil voice.

IMPLEMENTATION Statement for History

As a school, we maintain strong links to the National Curriculum guidelines to ensure all aspects, knowledge and skills of History are being taught across all year groups. We use progression grids to ensure there are clear skills, knowledge and vocabulary progression throughout school. Our curriculum is taught through our Text Linked Curriculum. This enables teachers to teach history within a familiar, enriched context. 

Where appropriate we use historical artefacts, visitors, workshops and visits to excite and intrigue our children to find out more about events and people from the past. We aim to give our children as much understanding as possible about what is was like to be around at a particular period in history by having practical and experiential lessons where possible. 

We will use assessment for learning to ensure all lessons are relevant and will help to plan for next steps. 

Subject co-ordinators are given regular time to ensure resources are kept up to date, to monitor subject across the school, create action plans and to provide subject feedback to SLT as appropriate. 

Foundation subjects are assessed at the end of each year stating whether children are working towards, at or exceeding age-related expectations. This is then used to make sure all children are continuing to make progress and any children whose levels drop, or increase can be addressed accordingly. 

IMPACT Statement for History

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

Through pupil voice children will be able to talk about the skills and knowledge they have acquired. Children will be engaged in History lessons and want to find out more. Children will complete research independently through projects and homework and to further their own enjoyment about the subject or topic. 

Work will show that a range of topics is being covered, cross curricular links are made where possible and differentiated work set as appropriate. 

The school environment will be history rich through displays, resources and vocabulary. 

As historians, children will learn lessons from history to influence the decisions they make in their lives in the future. Assessments and monitoring will show standards in History will be high and will match standards in other subject areas.

 Explore the blue banners below to find out more about what specific themes we teach in History and how these themes are revisited, recalled and expanded upon as the children journey through the school.

Year Group Overviews for History


Progression for History





Learning Journey for History

Watch out for the following symbols in the History Learning Journey: