At Barley Fields Primary, we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically.


Our History is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.  We follow four themes:

  • Historical Enquiry
  • Chronology
  • Characteristics of a Historical Period
  • Understanding Cause and Consequence.

Our History curriculum follows the following areas of study.

We enrich our children’s learning using visits, visitors, collections and artefacts, books, the internet and computer programs .  Children are enthused by visits to places such as Eden Camp, Beamish, Preston Hall Museum, Captain Cooks Birthplace Museum and Kirkleatham Hall.

We aim to develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become historians:

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past;
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences;
  • The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources;
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry;
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning;
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics;
  • A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
  • Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience;


We measure the impact of our curriculum by:

  • Reflecting on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
  • Celebrating learning which demonstrates progression across the school;
  • Pupil discussions about their learning.

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