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St James's Catholic Primary School

St James's Catholic Primary School

‘Put out into the deep’


“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.”   (DoE 2014)


We focus on the chronological history of the United Kingdom from the earliest time to the present day, focussing on key events during the time periods studied. In Key stage 2, children develop their methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to form historical claims. Pupils also develop their own historical perspective, and use this growing knowledge in different contexts, understanding similarities and differences between different cultures around the world.


History Topics at St. James’s



  • Significant People – Queen Victoria, King Charles
  • Differences between cultures

Year 1

  • Changes within living memory - Study of the evolution of toys, studies into London and Brazil
  • Significant events – Moon landing, first form of flight
  • Significant people – Mary Anning

Year 2

  • Significant Events – Remembrance day, Guy Fawkes Night, Great fire of London
  • Significant People - Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Christopher Columbus, Captain James Cook, William Kidd, Blackbeard, Anne Bonney, Grace Darling


Year 3

  • Stone Age, Iron Age and Bronze Age
  • Mayans and the history of chocolate
  • Ancient Greece

Year 4

  • Roman Empire in Britain
  • Anglo – Saxon invasions
  • Viking raids and invasions

Year 5

  • 20th Century changes
  • Queen Victoria
  • Investigation into the Shang Dynasty of China
  • Windrush

Year 6

  • Polar Explorers
  • Titanic
  • WW2

Diversity in History

The great thing about learning history is that it helps to teach us what it means to be human. It highlights the great achievements and errors of significant people and the human race. History also teaches us through example, supporting our understanding of how we can better build our society for the benefit of all.

Today we study history in a modern multicultural environment, which allows us to examine how people may have been treated unfairly or differently in the past and raises awareness of how we can embrace the diversity around us now and achieve a more equal society. By teaching about different cultures, we can look at historical events from the viewpoint of more than one participant. This gives us all a greater understanding of the event itself and the attitudes and motivations of those involved.

At St James's we set clear rules during our history lessons with regard to how people behave towards each other and we highlight the importance of treating each other fairly. We make clear that our human past is there to learn from and what matters is how we can apply those lessons to the lives we choose to live today.

Our plan is linked firmly to the national curriculum and enhanced by the variety that a worldwide view of history can bring, making the subject both educational and engaging for the children.

How is History assessed?

Concept Cards

Each child a St James is given a ‘Concept Card’ which is stuck in the front of their History Book. The concepts covered relate exactly to the National Curriculum Objectives for each year group. When a Concept is not achieved, the teacher will highlight the concept. When concepts not achieved, review tasks and teacher support are put in place to address any misconceptions.

Example Concept Card for History

Progression of Skills and Knowledge

Our Progression of Skills and Knowledge documents inform our planning. The National Curriculum objectives are listed in each term and broken down into progressive steps. The objectives are mapped out for progression across the year. In History lessons, these objectives are broken down into microscopic steps, reflecting our mastery approach. We ensure that all of our children are secure on a step before moving onto another step.