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At Barley Close we do not follow a set scheme for teaching history. Objectives are taken from the National Curriculum then personalised to the needs of the year group by the class teacher. Historical periods are taught in chronological order to help understanding. We have an enquiry and interpretation based approach to learning which we hope will help to foster a love for history and an inquisitiveness that will stay with them for life.



History is taught through topic lessons. For KS1 there are 6 topics per year, one per term. For KS2 there are 3 topics per year, one per two terms. For KS1, history is woven throughout the topics following the children’s interests. For KS2, two topics per year are history based and one is geography based. Following the recommendation of the National Curriculum, history is taught chronologically from the beginning of KS2 upward. Our aim at Barley Close is for the children to take at least 3 trips a year which will enhance their current learning at school.



History enables children to develop an understanding of the past, as well as their local community and the wider world around them. Children will enjoy learning History and will be engaged to find out more about the time periods that came before them. Children have the opportunity to discuss and share their own thoughts, opinions and ideas, acknowledging and respecting that these may vary and that this is positive. At Barley close, children are provided with opportunities beyond the National Curriculum to further and support their understanding. We aim to take the children on at least 3 trips a year, so they are able to further develop skills in enquiry and interpretation. SLT and Subject leaders will monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of history at Barley Close by carrying out lesson observations, book looks and by talking to the children. This will ensure the intent and implementation is being achieved. Due to all staff being aware of the History skills progression document and the National Curriculum, we can all ensure we have consistently high expectations for History, so all children are being provided with the best learning opportunities. 

  • Barley Close Community Primary School
  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
  • Tel: 01454 867090
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