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History at Bedford

Our Intent

Curriculum values

We aim to provide a fully inclusive, broad and balanced curriculum that allows all pupils to develop the skills needed to feel empowered in all lessons, whether in maths as a mathematician, in art as an artist or in science as a scientists - and onwards through all subjects. Through enquiry and the acquisition of key skills, our historians certainly aren't behind the times!


The Bedford curriculum approach is underpinned by the embedding of thinking skills, effective and timely feedback, greater learner involvement and high standards. Alongside the clear progression of key vocabulary, the development, application and skills progression in all subjects will be evident.  The use of technology and hands-on, practical experiences are carefully woven through our curriculum to enhance teaching and learning.


Embedding Thinking Skills and High Levels of Pupil Involvement

The National Curriculum provides us with the framework for a skills-based approach to the teaching of History. We aim to inspire and engage pupils and heighten their understanding of History.  Pupils will be involved  in a deeper learning experience by posing their own questions and discovering the answer through a variety of experiences such as: school trips, visitors, stories and research. 

The development and progression of skills

Planning for high quality teaching and learning in history:

Click on the link below to see the key historical skills we are developing in each key stage:

Our Current Whole School Focus 


Across all year groups, we are currently focused on developing our chronological thinking skills. Chronology is so important in history and we are learning to think chronologically to be true historians! Every class is developing their own timeline, thinking carefully about: duration, sequencing and understanding the significance of events and people over time. Stay posted for photos of our amazing timelines!

Impact - History in action