The History Curriculum is presented in in two distinct sections:

  • contents section, which include several topics called strand units which will form the essential content to be covered. Each strand unit outlines a menu of subjects and periods which may be included in the history programme.  Click here to download Curriculum at a Glance Cards.


  • skills section, entitled Working as a historian, which outlines for each class level, the skills of time and chronology, using evidence, change and continuity, cause and effect, synthesis and communication, and empathy.   Click here to download Skills at a Glance Cards.




History is the interpretation of what are considered to be significant human activities in the past and the process by which these activities are selected, investigated and analysed. History is not the story of the past but rather our attempt to reconstruct and interpret elements of the past which are of interest to us.  History gives children a knowledge of past human experiences at family, local, national and international levels. Pupils also develop an understanding, appropriate to their age, of time and chronology, change and continuity, cause and effect. They acquire skills appropriate to their developmental stages so that they may interpret evidence in a critical way.  Historical themes and topics develop empathy with other people and a deeper understanding of past and current social, political and economic interactions.