Castle Bromwich

Infant and Nursery School

Reach for the Stars

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History at CBINS


Intent - Our History curriculum has been designed to be both knowledge-rich and coherently sequenced. Our curriculum allows children to develop not only substantive historical knowledge (events, dates and people in the past) but also knowledge of substantive concepts in history (such as ‘empire’, ‘monarchy’ and ‘civil war’), and disciplinary historical concepts (such as evidence, causation, significance and interpretation). The substantive knowledge taught in the curriculum is carefully selected and sequenced to ensure it is not stand alone and this allows children to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of local, British and world history. We encourage our children to become historians by asking and answering perceptive questions, analysing increasingly complex historical sources and beginning to use their knowledge to develop perspective. The curriculum aims to ignite children’s love for history whilst creating curious and knowledgeable young people.


Curriculum Drivers


Big ideas



  • Learning for Life
  • Learning together; Making connections
  • Learning and Living Healthily
  • Learnning and Living in our Community and the Wider World

Build an awareness of the past through exploring:

  • Key historical events and events in their own and their family’s lives
  • Lives of significant individuals
  • Changes and events within and beyond living memory
  • Progression of historical knowledge, concepts and disciplines
  • Builds on, embeds and deepens prior learning
  • Ensure children are engaged in lessons that encourage them to be independent in their findings, share ideas with their peers and investigate thoughts and ideas.


Implementation – We implement our History curriculum by planning lessons that utilise metacognitive strategies to build on prior knowledge and develop a deeper understanding in historical concepts and disciplines meaning learning meets and goes beyond national expectations as outlined in the EYFS and KS1 curricula. Children begin to learn about British monarchs in Year 1, and build upon their knowledge of monarchy in British society throughout the curriculum, looking at the reigns of significant monarchs such as Henry III, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Children learn to become historians through: play and exploration; discussion and talk with peers and knowledgeable adults; asking and answering relevant historical questions; investigating and understanding relevant sources and quality first teaching which all enables them to demonstrate their emerging perception and judgement of history. Crucial to the implementation of our History curriculum is providing a rich learning environment to support the teaching and understanding of past events and encouraging children to use and apply historical language.




Support and challenge


Retaining knowledge

  • Modelling through clear presentation of subject matter
  • Responsive and adaptive to the needs of children
  • Assessment for learning throughout
  • Promoting independence through learning and play
  • Impactful questioning that promotes deeper thinking and talk
  • Promoting the use of everyday language, the language of learning e.g. compare, analyse etc... and subject specific vocabulary e.g. the past, chronological orders, names of significant individuals etc
  • Developmentally appropriate that leads to high levels of productivity
  • Scaffolding through resources, models, peer support and adult interaction
  • Addressing errors at the point of misconception
  • Delving deeper through questioning, both adult led and child led
  • Use feedback, learning conversations, play partnering and sustained shared thinking strategies to reinforce and extend learning
  • Sequential mapping and skills progression that revisits and reinforces taught content
  • Learning environment that reinforces taught knoweldge and encourages application to new learning with continuous provision inviting children to turn to History as part of their play and exploration
  • Apply skills and knowledge into new contexts by making links to previous learning


Impact – Our History curriculum leads to good results across the school. In EYFS, children are able to talk confidently about the past and share information about their own family. They have an understanding of significant historical events such as Remembrance Day and VE Day. In KS1, children have a strong understanding of important historical events such as The Great Fire of London and The Tudors.  They can explain their learning using specific historical vocabulary and the impact these events have had on modern day life. Children are also able to use and apply their creative skills during meaningful discovery, exploration and play both inside and outside the classroom. This is reflected in our children’s strong understanding of language, processes etc.. during meaningful discovery, exploration and play both inside and outside of the classroom.