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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

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At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire pupils to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. Pupils have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world.

The curriculum at St Mary’s aims to ensure that all pupils: Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past; Are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement; Begin to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

The curriculum intent for each sequence of learning is laid out in the medium term plan for each unit.



  • History is taught half-termly, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum.
  • There is a cycle of lessons for each unit, which carefully plan for progression and depth.
  • The local area is utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.
  • Visiting experts such as 'That History Bloke' will enhance the learning experiences.



  • Our History Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.
  •  If pupils are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress.
  • Pupils at St Mary’s are equipped with historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
  • Pupils will enjoy History lessons and will look forward to finding out more.

History - National Curriculum