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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Working Together for the Good of Each Other

Intent, Implementation, Impact

History Curriculum Vision:

History is all about people. The study of people of different types, from different times and different places is the most important aspect of our work. History fires pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, pupils develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. They see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. In history, pupils find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. To do this, they need to be able to research, sift through evidence, and argue for their point of view – skills that are valuable in adult life.



The purpose of our curriculum is to inspire all children to acquire knowledge and skills and to ignite a lifelong love of learning. We celebrate the cultural capital that our community brings to learning and build on this to broaden children’s understanding of the world. Our commitment to providing equality of opportunity ensures that rich experiences and enhancements are embedded throughout the curriculum.




Early Years Foundation Stage History is incorporated in ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’. In this area of learning, children are developing the crucial knowledge, skills and understanding that help them make sense of the world. 


Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2:

At Key Stages 1 and 2, history is personalised, planned and illustrated through our history Curriculum Map, progression of knowledge &  skills, knowledge organisers and essential knowledge documents. Lessons are supported using the Key Sage History scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum.  Assessment outcomes and questionnaire findings have helped mould our curriculum priorities and focus on the needs of our children.

We ensure we cover chronological knowledge, Knowledge & understanding of events, people & changes in the past and historical enquiry and interpretation.


Children are taught history supported with resources (artefacts) in school, Lancashire library books & materials, along with a range of enrichment and enhancement opportunities planned throughout the year that provide a more practical and realistic setting to support children’s understanding.

Our aims are to prepare our children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.


Impact on Children:

  • Develop a sense of time (chronology), recognising how time is measured and that some things change and some things stay the same;
  • Investigate how and why events happen and how they may be linked;

  • Consider what it was like to live in different periods and what motivated the people who lived then – and that we cannot think in the way they thought;

  • Recognise that there are some things we can never know about the past and that history has to be constructed from the bits of the past that have survived;

  •  Understand that people interpret the past differently and use different ways to present their ideas;

  • Make thoughtful use of a variety of sources to find out about the past;

  • Communicate their ideas in a variety of ways and with clarity and independence.


Impact on Attainment and Progress

  • The curriculum demands the best possible outcomes in History from every child.
  • From each individual child’s starting point, progress is evident.


Evaluation and Impact on our Curriculum

  • Subjects are taught discretely to ensure specific concepts are the focus. Links are made across curriculum subjects so that skills can be applied in different contexts where possible.


Evaluation of our Impact on our World

  • Our children are inspired to achieve their full potential; have their voices heard and effect change.
  • Assemblies and enhancement & enrichment activities are linked to history throughout the academic year.
  • History & Understanding the world displays throughout school reinforce the history curriculum.