At St Joseph’s Primary School, we have designed a history curriculum with the intent that our children will 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, and to be able to communicate using an expansive range of historical terminology. We want our children to develop a genuine interest in the past and how it shapes the future.   We will deliver a history curriculum that ensures our children:

  • have a good knowledge of the history of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world

  • participate in high-quality educational visits/visitors that enrich their learning and give them a better understanding of lives in the past

  • develop an understanding of chronology through the use of timetables, vocabulary and comparisons

  • make links within the history they learn and compare societies to establish similarities and differences and further their knowledge and explanations of change and continuity over time

  • develop enquiry skills to pursue their own interests and further questioning within a topic

  • know about the lives and impact of significant people throughout history and consider how they could make a difference



The National Curriculum 2014 and the latest Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework provide the basis for our history curriculum, which is then tailored to meet the learning and developmental need of the children within our school.   We have an investigation approach to history, studying the past through enquiry questions.  We have a two year programme of study through school, Key Stage 1 (including foundation stage) work through historic themes together, Lower Key Stage 2 share topics and Upper Key Stage 2 work together on historic topics.  The curriculum is mapped to include an increasing development of skills, knowledge and vocabulary.  Knowledge organisers have been written and introduced for teachers and pupils to use for each topic for reference and assessment purposes. They will map out the knowledge, vocabulary and skills needed to master the concepts.  



children will:

  • possess a secure understanding of the chronology of the British Isles and other important periods of history

  • be able to differentiate between source types, use historical evidence to form their own opinions and interpretation of the past and explain how interpretations in history may differ

  • become increasingly critical and analytical thinkers with the ability to debate, discuss and communicate their ideas and opinions with a wide range of historical terminology

  • become increasingly aware of how historical events have shaped the world that they currently live in

  • have a further understanding of history within the local community

  • be able to make connections between different periods of history that they have studied

KS1 Long Term Plan

Lower KS2 Long Term Plan

Upper KS2 Long Term Plan