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  • At Abel Smith Primary school we aim for children to develop a love of history and a curiosity about the past.  By fulfilling the requirements of the National Curriculum they will gain a “coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world”. They will also form an understanding of Hertford’s rich heritage, it’s role in historical events and how it has changed over time.
  • Children will use evidence and a range of sources to draw conclusions and form opinions.  
  • They will describe change using historical terms. They will learn about diversity and discrimination in societies; the challenges people faced; significant individuals who contributed to change and the legacy of civilisations that have shaped how we live today. 


  • The history curriculum at Abel Smith is chronological with opportunities for pupils to contextualise British and world history events. History is taught in a block every other half term in order to fully immerse children in each topic, allowing key knowledge and skills to remain in long term memory. The curriculum projects are carefully sequenced and interconnected, to support children's learning over time. 
  • Children are immersed in their topic via a memorable experience, before learning key knowledge and skills through enquiry.  At the end of each history block, the children will apply their skills through an 'innovate' project before reflecting on their learning at the end of the project.  


  • Children will be able to discuss their learning which will have a depth of understanding.  They will make connections between lessons and previous topics in order to build their knowledge and form opinions. 
  • They will be able to use key skills to gain knowledge and apply their understanding to a range of tasks.  Children will be able to apply their understanding at the end of the topic using historical terms, knowledge about key events and people and opinions based on evidence.