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At St. Mary's Catholic Primary school, our history curriculum aims to:

  • Stimulate the children’s interest and understanding of significant events and the lives of people who lived in the past. 
  • Teach children to think as historians e.g. investigating the past by examining historical artefacts and primary sources.
  • Help children understand that historical events and primary sources can be interpreted in different ways.
  • Develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.
  • Help pupils to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history.
  • Develop a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms.

Curriculum Implementation

History is taught as a discrete subject although links are made with other subjects where possible (see Curriculum Overviews). Our school uses the Rising Stars History long/medium term plans as a framework for breaking down the National Curriculum programmes of study into manageable chunks. All teachers adapt this planning according to the needs of the pupils in their class including those with SEND. Planning is also adapted to consider the local context, particularly in the case of the local history studies in Years 2, 3 and 6.  Pupils learning is enriched through class trips/visits, history walks and workshops inspiring pupils' curiosity to want to find out more about the past (see Curriculum Overviews for further details).

Please see our topic overview below as well as the Progression Framework showing our progression of key knowledge and skills:

History Curriculum Map

Primary History National Curriculum

History Progression Framework

Whole School History Policy

Other Useful Links

Local Historical Places of Interest

You may wish to visit the following places with your child (linking to topics covered)-

  • Year 1: House on the Hill Toy Museum (Stansted), Uxbridge Library - Floor 6 (toy collection) and the National Maritime Museum (Greenwich).
  • Year 2: The Great Fire of London Monument (London).
  • Year 3: Chiltern Open Air Museum (Iron Age roundhouse).
  • Year 4: The British Museum (Egyptians) and Verulamium Roman Museum (St. Albans).
  • Year 5: Sutton Hoo (Suffolk) and the British Museum (Sutton Hoo artefacts).
  • Year 6: Battle of Britain Bunker (Uxbridge), Uxbridge War Memorial and the Imperial War Museum (London).