Athelstan Community Primary School

To Be The Best That We Can Be


Subject Coordinator: Miss Harper

Our Intent 

At Athelstan we aim to stimulate children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past and ways in which it differs from the present. We believe that learning about the past helps children to make sense of the world in which they live and to develop analytical thinking.


At Athelstan we believe that the study of history makes a valuable contribution to their understanding of all aspects of life giving a sense of identify and heritage.  What they learn through history can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.


At Athelstan, our intent is to stimulate the children’s curiosity about how humanity has reached the point it has in the modern day and how they have been influenced by both key moments, eras and individuals. We want our children to recognise the impact and influence key historical events and eras have had on both Britain and the world up to the modern day. We also want children to develop an understanding that the interpretation of these key moments is always changing.


Our Implementation 

At Athelstan the teaching and learning of history focuses on enabling children to think as historians.


To ensure that pupils develop a secure knowledge that they can build on, our history curriculum is organised into a progression model that outlines the skills, knowledge and vocabulary to be taught in a sequentially coherent way.


The key concepts in history we plan a progression for as follows: 

  • Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past
  • Chronological Understanding
  • Historical Understanding
  • Historical interpretation