History: Intent, Implementation, Impact


Children then and now writing

At Dashwood we want to provide a history curriculum which engages and inspires pupils’ curiosity aiming to equip them with coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. In addition we want to demonstrate how the process of change impacts their identity and challenges faced in their lifetime.

Therefore, we have created three whole school threads which disseminate from our curriculum intent:

  1. The impact of era studied has had on modern day life (local context)
  2. Life of a child in that era
  3. Crime and punishment

These threads are weaved purposefully throughout our units so that the pupils are able to learn new knowledge and skills within the context they are studying.  We want our children to be curious and knowledgeable in how history has impacted on a local scale, in relation to Banbury and the surrounding areas.


History projects

We have created a comprehensive history curriculum that has a clear progression of knowledge and skills throughout the Key Stages.

  • History is taught in knowledge and skill rich units across the academic year, including cross curricular links within other units.
  • We ensure the knowledge and skills the children acquire throughout each unit of learning have been mapped to ensure progression across the whole school curriculum.
  • Each unit of learning offers the children the opportunity to reflect and revisit previous learning, both within the year group they are currently in and previous year groups.
  • Each unit of learning allows the children to discover how historical events have impacted their grandparent’s lives, their parent’s lives and their own lives, whilst considering what life will be like in the future as a result of these events.
  • We offer the children many opportunities to immerse themselves in local history including visits to Banbury Museum, Horley, Warwick Castle and London.
  • We offer the children an extensive range of strategies to deepen their knowledge which in turn commits to their long term memory.
  • We also provide the children with concrete and pictorial primary and secondary sources of information to embed knowledge and skills.
  • We are confident that by the end of their academic journey here at Dashwood, the children will have a chronological understanding of world and local history, and the impact this has had on their lives.


History lessonIntended Impact:

  • The children are inspired, engaged and curious about history on a local, national and world scale.
  • The children demonstrate an extensive knowledge and understanding of local, national and world history.
  • The children are able to reflect on how historical events have impacted their grandparent’s lives, their parent’s lives and their own lives, whilst considering what life will be like in the future.
  • The children demonstrate analytical thinking and ask perceptive questions when discussing historical events and eras.
  • The children demonstrate they can think critically, whilst weighing up evidence to develop perspective and judgement.
  • The children’s progress will be assessed through outcomes of assignments and formatively assessed termly throughout the year.

History Knowledge and Skills


Where next


Our curriculum weaves together the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum  and the principles of our Aspirations philosophy: Self worth; Engagement and Sense of Purpose.


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