History- Our Intent


Through the love and guidance of God, at Whitley Memorial School we intend to provide an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian practice, belief and our core values.

What we are trying to achieve:

Our principal aim is that children leave Whitley Memorial CofE School with a wide range of happy and rich memories in History formed through progressive interesting and exciting experiences driven through key questions that enhance a child’s awareness of their own abilities and strengths as a learner; thus, ensuring that children see learning in History as an on-going process not a one-off event.  It is our intention that:

Children will meet the National Curriculum expectations in History, which will be taught through progressive knowledge and skills by highly-qualified, enthusiastic staff who will support children to develop mastery of concepts and inspire enthusiasm and interest in the subject.

Opportunities will exist for children of all ages to experience learning beyond the classroom. This will allow them to enrich their knowledge by, for example, visiting places they may not normally consider, such as castles and museums or places of historical interest.

Children will develop a deep understanding of the subjects they are studying. They will increasingly use their prior knowledge to solve problems and develop the sophistication of History.

Children will understand how Christian and British Values relate to History.

In History, children will develop the skills to appropriately use research and sources to consider historical information and to develop a range and depth of historical knowledge and chronological understanding.


Children will develop a real understanding and appreciation of the world learning from the best that has been developed and said. For example: Great inventors.


 Characteristics of an Historian

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
  • The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
  • A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgments.
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.



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