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History Subject Vision


As historians at St. Mary’s Primary School we have an excellent knowledge and understanding of people and events from a range of historical periods. We understand that historical events happened a long time ago. Children develop their understanding of historical events through school and will use words and phrases such as ‘old and new, empire, civilisation’ and understand concepts such as cause and consequence.


We show independence in our History learning; we are able to think, reflect, debate and discuss historical evidence. We also take responsibility for our own learning by researching historic periods, events and people from the past using different sources of evidence. We are lucky we have access to a wide range of resources and are respectful of historical events beyond and within living memory.


As a result of our exciting curriculum we are passionate about History and engage enthusiastically in learning as it provides constant opportunity for discovery and challenge.

History is taught from Foundation Stage through to Year six using a creative, cross curricular approach based on the National Curriculum programmes of study. Our History teaching focuses on enabling children to think as historians. We use historical artefacts, primary and secondary sources, ICT, visits to sites of historical significance and we invite visitors into school to talk about their experiences of events in the past.


In Foundation Stage, children will begin to gain an understanding of history and chronology relating to themselves and their lives. They will also begin to understand a history beyond their lives where they delve into the world of castles and discover facts about dinosaurs!


Building on this experience through their topic work in Year one and two children will discover about famous people such as Neil Armstrong and his importance as a space explorer. They will also learn about their local and personal history when finding out about our school's past.


Children in Year three and four will deepen their knowledge and understanding of invaders and settlers linked to Britain by studying the Romans, Saxons and Vikings. They will also learn about World War 2 and what life was like on the home front. 


In Year five and six children will learn about the importance the Stone Age had on Britain and how World War I impacted on Britain in the early 20th century. They will also learn about Hinckley during Victorian Britain. They will also delve into an early Islamic cizilisation and find out what life was life in the past in a very different part of the world.