Goudhurst & Kilndown Church of England Primary School


Our history curriculum aims to inspire our pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.

History helps pupils to understand the process of change, the diversity of societies as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.  Our history curriculum will equip the children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgment.

In both KS1 and KS2, History will be linked to a theme. In KS1, themes will run for a shorter period to retain engagement and interest whilst allowing children to see shifts in chronology and gain a sense of the past, comparisons to be made and lots of practice using historical language.   In KS2, themes will typically run for a term and focus on longer historical periods in greater depth. They are planned sequentially to allow for pupil to gain a sense of comparing different civilizations or same periods: eg Romans in Y4 with Maya in Y6, to Anglo Saxons/Vikings in Y5. In both KS1 and KS2 children will develop a sense of history of their own locality.  

All historical periods/themes will follow a specific concept.  The concept provides a clear focal thread which will lead to and end point where children are able to answer the 'key question'.   Acquiring the prior knowledge in previous lessons will be a pre-requisite in being able to answer the key question.

Concepts in KS2 are as follows:

  • Compare and contrast
  • Empire and Legacy
  • Continuity and change
  • Invasion and settlement

Progression of History

progression of skills history goudhurst 2 .pdf