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History is an integral part of the curriculum at the Balksbury Federation. We aspire to create an exciting, engaging curriculum to encourage our learners. We believe that by supporting our teaching with trips, visitors and artefact resources, we are enabling our children to become more autonomous, inquisitive learners. Additionally, we strongly believe in an education that focuses on the development of both knowledge and skills and we ensure that children are given the opportunity to demonstrate and apply their understanding in a variety of ways. 



Years R-6 History Skills Progression


Teaching Safeguarding and Wellbeing through History


  • Develop resilience and perseverance to keep trying and applying knowledge through practise
  • Increase own self-esteem and achieve a personal best by not comparing themselves to others
  • Understand the difference between fact and opinion
  • Appreciate the effect that actions can have on others (consequence) and learn from problems in the past
  • Understand that learning from the past is deepened by reflecting on the present and this can always change
  • Show empathy and respect for differences in other cultures and different generations
  • Show respect when working with artefacts and pose good questions to deepen understanding of other people’s lives
  • Raise questions through an enquiry approach and create a hypothesis (reasoning), be prepared to change an opinion or belief
  • Remain objective and that it is not always possible to define what is right and wrong

Year 3 Roman Day.

Year 4

Palm Class made a 'circle of time.' We begun with the beginning of time and worked our way to modern day. The children used words such as century, decade, millennium. Because of the circle of time, children understood that the Victorian era was not as long ago as they originally thought.