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Our History Curriculum

St Paul’s C.E. Primary School  

History Curriculum Statement 2021 – 2022 


At St Paul’s we have designed our history curriculum to be fully inclusive and accessible for all children. We believe the teaching of history as an essential part of a broad and balanced curriculum, particularly in KS2 but also in KS1.

We believe in an investigative approach to the teaching of history, giving practical experiences wherever appropriate. Historical skills are transferrable and can be applied in all areas of the learning now and in the future, building on cultural capital.

The teaching of history helps install in children a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and to help them make sense of Britain’s position in the world today. 

We aim to provide all children with the skills and knowledge for them to be able to achieve at least the age related expectations in History. We hope to foster a love of history by inspiring their curiosity about the people who lived in the past and igniting a desire to follow this subject into KS3/4 and beyond.


At St Paul’s we follow closely the programmes of study for history set out in the National Curriculum. The teaching of British history has been planned across the KS2 classes to ensure a coherent and chronological narrative. At KS1 we focus on local history. Each class will cover 2 units of history a year, each unit lasting 9 weeks.

We firmly believe in an investigative and practical approach to history. Each unit of study has been designed to include the National Curriculum skills required for the specific key stage, key questions to be investigated and subject specific vocabulary. Skills and key questions are highlighted when met as part of AFL. Summative assessment consists of a written piece of work to enable the children to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.

In order to embed knowledge and skills into the long term memory, each unit begins with a recap of learned knowledge and where appropriate a map to put the learning into context.  Learning should be presented in a variety of ways.

Remember primary evidence is the basis for all historical enquiry, use it as a starting point for discussion before introducing children to the factual historical detail.

To give context to the history curriculum links are made with geography and other subject areas when it is relevant.



History curriculum implementation 2021-22

Year 1

Block 1

The history of St Paul’s School


Block 2

The history of St Paul’s Church

Year 2

Block 1

The Great Fire of London

The Gunpowder Plot


Block 2

Local history project

LS Lowry

Year 3

Block 1

Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the iron Age


Block 2

The Mayans

(The achievements of the earliest civilisations)


Year 4

Block 1

The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain



Ancient Egypt

(The achievements of the earliest civilisations)


Year 5

Block 1

Britain’s settlement by Anglo –Saxons and Scots


Block 2

Ancient Greece

(A study of Greek life and  achievements  and their influence on the western world)

Year 6

Block 1

The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle

For the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor

Block 2

The Battle of Britain

(A significant turning point in British history)



Children enjoy history and are keen to deepen their knowledge and understanding and to share it with others. This is evidenced through work in books and through independent research. They are able to use transferable skills and are well prepared for the next stage of their learning journey.

All children will make good progress and achieve at least age expected standards in history.


Miss E Bovingdon - History Lead


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