History at St Mary's

In History, pupils will gain a knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. In order to ensure that this knowledge is deeply embedded, common themes (eg. religion, the role of women, etc) will weave through the key stages in order to allow children to revisit and compare previously studied eras with those they are currently studying. This will give our children the opportunity to become fluent and confident in their historical knowledge, and to develop a wider picture of Britain and the world over time.

Additionally, we will teach children a sense of chronology, and through this develop a deep sense of identity, and an awareness of the challenges of the past and present day.

Through the teaching of history, we aim to empower and enrich our children’s vocabulary, and so prepare them for the next stage in their educational journey. As a result of this, we ensure that no child is hindered or held back by a deficit of language as a result of deprivation. We want them to be able to articulate themselves and their learning through a wide-bank of historical vocabulary, as well as being able to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence and develop perspective and judgement.

We aim to inspire our children to become passionate historians who understand the complexity of different people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies, and the relationship between different groups.

To find out more about the intent, implement and impact of History, please click here.

The Curriculum

Below is the progression document for History which outlines the skills, knowledge and vocabulary pupils will be taught in each year group. We deliver History through our 'topics' to give the learning a meaningful context.

Please read our History Policy for more details

History Passport

Each year at St Mary's, all pupils receive a 'Learning Passport'. This passport contains all of

the skills and knowledge that they will learn that year. It also has all of the skills and

knowledge they have covered in the past. Teachers refer to this passport regularly and pupils

view it frequently to ensure 'sticky knowledge' is developed- this means that pupils are quickly

recalling what they have already learnt so skills and knowledge can be built on each year.