Horsforth Newlaithes

At Horsforth Newlaithes Primary School we want our pupils to gain a coherent understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world. Our language rich curriculum should inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past. Pupils should ask perceptive questions and think critically using sources of evidence to support their opnion. They should understand how events and periods of history are related chronologically; how people’s lives have changed; how diverse socieities were and the challenges that were faced.

We have planned a curriculum where the children revisit key areas of study, whether this is in KS1, LKS2 or UKS2. Through their studies, the children will develop skills grouped within threshold concepts: investigate and interpret the past; build an overview of world history; understand chronology and communicate historically. These will be underpinned by key ‘knowledge categories’: KS1 focus on beliefs and society, which is then expanded upon in KS2, where the children will focus on beliefs, conflict, society, and settlements. In addition, these will be supplemented by a study of chronology and the use of historical artefacts to bolster their understanding of history. These categories will be taught in every year group, using the different time periods studied as context drivers; focusing on a specific category in each lesson. The skills and knowledge gained by our pupils will be built upon each year, developing their understanding of each time period in Y2, Y4 and Y6. For example, pupils in LKS1 will study Ancient Sumer, with Y3 being introduced to the culture and time period, and Y4 building upon this material and learning about the time period in more detail. Our pupils will make links between periods of history, understanding what was similar as well as different eg. The beliefs of Ancient Greeks and how this was the same or different to people from Early Islam.
Through trips linked to the periods of history we are learning, as well as visitors to school, our pupils will have the opportunity to further develop their understanding of history.

Our pupils will leave Newlaithes ready for the next stage of their history learning at high school. They will have learned skills that will stand them in good stead for later life eg. developing their enquiry skills. We want our children to be learners who are keen to find out more, and to ask questions about the lives of others.
Through the explicit teaching of the History skills, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. At the end of the unit, pupils use their Learning Passports to reflect on their knowledge and understanding. Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time. Using Proof of Progress tasks (POP) at the end of each year, teachers will make judgements on whether the pupils are working at a Basic, Advancing or Deep level.
Basic Level is achieved at the end of Years 1, 3 and 5; Advancing and Deep level are reached at the end of Years 2, 4 and 6.


Threshold Concepts Knowledge Categories

Investigate and interpret the past

Build an overview of world history

Understand chronology

Communicate historically






Click here to download our intent statement for history

Click here to download our long plan plan for history

Click here to download our skills progression document for history