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History Curriculum

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At St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School & Nursery, it is our aim that the history element of the curriculum will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world through a topic-based approach.  

We aim to inspire children's curiosity to know more about the past - locally, nationally and around the world. 


History is embedded in our topic-based approach to learning throughout the school.  Teachers plan sequences of lessons across the unit that will build on and develop the children's knowledge and skills.  

In KS1, our curriculum is planned to enable children to develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.  They will start to know where events and people they study fit within a chronological framework and identify differences and similarities between ways of life in different periods.  As they progress through the key stage, they will demonstrate a growing confidence and accuracy when using historical vocabulary, such as monarchy, explorer and artefact.

In KS2, children will continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history and across the periods they study.  This chronology, or sequence of events, will be referred to throughout KS2 so children become secure in their understanding of important historical events and periods of time.  It will help them to identify similarities and differences over time and develop their use of appropriate historical terminology, such as ancient and civilisation.


Our History curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.  We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
  • A celebration of learning each term which demonstartes progression across the school;
  • Pupil discussions about their learning;
  • Moderation across the school and within our partnership of schools.
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