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Purpose of the Curriculum:

(What will a high quality History education do for our children?)


  • Excite a lifelong curiosity to know more about the past
  • Promote fascination about the history of people and places.
  • Equip pupils with knowledge about Britain’s past and that of the wider world
  • Encourage children to find out about their own history
  • Inspire pupils to ask perceptive questions and to think critically
  • Develop a range of skills to ‘think and work like historians’


Aim of the Curriculum:

By the end of their time at St Mary & St Margaret’s CE Primary, all pupils should be able to:



  • To have a clear understanding of the history of Britain:
  • Know and understand the history of Britain (from the earliest times until present day)
  • To know how people’s lives have shaped Britain
  • To understand how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • To know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world:
  • To discover the nature of ancient civilisations
  • To understand how and why empires have expanded and dissolved over time
  • To identify characteristic features of past non- European societies
  • To know about the achievements and foolishness of mankind
  • To develop historical understanding:
  • To understand historical concepts
  • To understand and develop methods of historical enquiry
  • To gain historical perspective



  • To use and apply the skills of a historian
  • To use historical terms accurately
  • To make connections between events or periods
  • To draw contrasts
  • To analyse trends
  • To frame historically valid questions
  • To create their own structured accounts of events