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St Peter's Catholic Primary School

St Peter's Catholic Primary School


St Peter’s Curriculum Intent

Throughout the school, our work is based on values which are shared by all staff. It is our belief that our curriculum should:

  • Ensure that children have the knowledge and skills needed to achieve their best, both now and in the future;
  • Give children the opportunity to learn about the wider world and their place within it, developing care for others and an understanding of social justice;
  • Develop and value the whole child and will enable them to flourish as individuals.

To read more about out aims and curriculum intent, please visit our curriculum page.


History: Purpose of Study

A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

History helps pupils 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.

History: Aims

The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed History – key stages 1 and 2
  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

We follow the National Curriculum for history. The programmes of study for Key Stage One and Two can be found here.

History at St Peter's

At St. Peter’s we believe that history is a crucial area of learning for our pupils and we are committed to providing all children with opportunities to engage in history. It is said that the more children know about the past, the better prepared they will be for the future, but our history teaching is so much more than that.

History is about:

  • Real people who lived, and real events that happened in the past
  • Sequence, time and chronology and is the study of evidence about the past
  • A sense of identity, set within our social, political, cultural and economic relationships
  • Inspiring children’s curiosity about the past
  • Preparing children for living and working in the contemporary world
  • 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
  • Developing a chronological framework for children’s knowledge of significant events and people
  • The diversity of human experience, and children building an understanding about themselves as individuals and as members of society
  • Influencing children’s decisions, opinions, choices, attitudes and values
  • Finding evidence, weighing it up and reaching conclusions
  • Researching, sifting through evidence, and arguing a point of view

We aim to provide children with a broad, yet detailed, experience of history, which highlights different themes and key knowledge.

Our units for KS1 are as follows:


Our units for KS2 are:

  Autumn Term  Spring Term  Summer Term 
Year 3 Prehistoric Britain The Shang Dynasty Ancient Greece
Year 4 Roman Britain Ancient Maya Anglo-Saxons and Scots
Year 5 Vikings Ancient Egypt Medieval Britain
Year 6 Tudor Britain WW2 Fight for the Right

In every unit, key knowledge and vocabulary is taught as outlined in knowledge organisers.

Children in KS1 embed their history learning as part of their continuous provision. In KS2, as well as explicit weekly lessons, history units feed into many other areas of the children’s learning.

Children write both non-fiction and creative pieces about their units, class-readers are often based in the given time period and art and design projects are frequently history-inspired too.