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St Peter's Catholic Primary School

St Peter's Catholic Primary School


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 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.

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

History in KS1:

Learning in KS1 is based around half termly themes which focus on complimentary skills and knowledge from different subjects. As part of these themes, children in KS1 explore their History learning through a blend of direct teaching and planned activity alongside developmental activities as part of their continuous provision.

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Y1 Amazing Animals  Splendid Skies  Moon Zoom  Bright Lights, Big City Muck, Mess & Mixtures  In The Garden
Y2 Growing Up  Brilliant Britain  Dinosaur Planet  Great Explorers Nature Detectives  Sun, Sea & Sand 

You can read more on the skills and knowledge covered in each unit here.

History in KS2:

In KS2, as well as explicit weekly lessons, history units feed into many other areas of the children’s learning. In every unit, key knowledge and vocabulary is taught as outlined in knowledge organisers. 

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.

.Our units in KS2:

  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