History 2021 - 2022

Miss Crowe


History is the study of past events and we learn about what happened in the past by looking at sources such as records (like books, newspapers and letters) and artifcats (like pottery, tools and human remains).

Studying history is important because it allows us to understand our past, which in turn allows us to understand our present.

  • Learning about history provides us with insights into geography, culture and society - the changing environment and animal life, too.
  • It opens our eyes to people, ways of life and cultures with which we might be less familiar. History improves cross-cultural awareness and understanding - making for a greater feeling of being part of a wonderful global community.
  • Historical skills improve our decision-making and judgment.
  • We can learn from the models of moral good and responsible citizenship.
  • Teaches us how to learn from the mistakes of others. May history never repeat itself...
  • Understand change and societal development.
  • Provides us with a context from which to understand ourselves and others.


Through this curriculum we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love and passion for history and their talent as historians. In addition, we see history as a vehicle for increasing pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. History is linked to other subjects through cross-curricular topics particularly Geography and English. As pupils progress, they will become more confident at knowing and understanding significant aspects of the history of the wider world. They will learn about diverse, significant individuals from the past and present that have contributed to national and international achievements and changed the way we live today. They will be able to compare and contrast ways of life in the past with ways of live of the present through a range of sources including visitors, trips and museum loans. They will understand the importance of asking perspective questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. Children will become confident at ordering and sequencing events on a timeline and using historical vocabulary.


At St. Stephen’s, History is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. We implement our History curriculum using the Lancashire Key Learning documents. Each unit of work has been created using the key learning objectives from each key stage to ensure they progress as they move further up the school. Existing knowledge is checked at the beginning of each topic, as part of the KWL strategy (What I know, What I would like to know and What I have learned). Knowledge of the History curriculum is recapped and revised regularly throughout the lessons to allow children to develop sticky knowledge from previous lessons. History lessons are planned so they link with other areas of the curriculum such as English, Geography and Art so the children can use their skills and knowledge in a number of ways. Teachers are able to follow lessons for their year group and lessons are differentiated appropriately so every child in every class can be included, access the lessons and learn skills and knowledge. 


We use the Lancashire Key Learning documents to create assessment grids with knowedge and skills appropriate for the year group and topic the children are learning. At the end of each topic, key knowledge and skills are reviewed by the children and rigorously checked by the teacher and consolidated as necessary. Children also discuss what they have learned comparative to their starting points at the end of every topic and assess it against the key learning assessment ladders. As children progress through the school, they develop skills and knowledge to become successful historians. Any further questions about how we measure of impact in History may be directed towards our History subject leader.

Equality and Diversity

At St Stephens Primary we are committed to creating a positive historical learning experience for all. The significant individuals studied in our History curriculum has been carefully selected to ensure they cover a diverse background with a variety of cultures, religions, beliefs, ethnicities and social background. We're focussed on teaching the children that many historical significant achievements have been made by individuals of all diverse backgrounds. The children learn that more diverse cultures are becoming more prominent in today's society compared to in the past and that this is something to celebrate.


Assessment for learning is continuous throughout the planning, teaching and learning cycle.
Assessment is supported by use of the following strategies:
● Observing children at work, individually, in pairs, in a group and in class during whole class
● Using differentiated, open-ended questions that require children to explain and unpick their
● Providing effective feedback, including interactive marking through red pen questions where
appropriate, to engage children with their learning and to provide opportunities for self-assessment,
consolidation, depth and target setting.
● Book moderation and monitoring of outcomes of work, to evaluate the range and balance of work
and to ensure that tasks meet the needs of different learners (with the acquisition of the preidentified key knowledge of each topic and skills being evidenced through the outcomes).
● Use of the ‘what I know already, what I want to know and what I have learnt’ (KWL) strategy
throughout a unit, alongside specific and measurable learning qustions for each lesson.
● Child and teacher review of both the agreed success criteria at the end each unit, to inform
focused consolidation where this is necessary.

Access for all

All children are able to enjoy, succeed and participate in History using a variety of tools such as using Seesaw to record children's knowledge for those who are not as confident in writing. This allows children to show their talent in other ways such as labelling pictures, using role play or recording their discplinary knowedge orally. We give children the opportunity to visit museums so they can experience history first hand and we are starting to use museum loan boxes so children can access real artefacts.

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