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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.


The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Understand changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.

  • Understand events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally

  • Discover the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods.

  • Understand significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Attainment targets


By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

National Curriculum coverage and History overview

Find out what we are learning about in History this term.