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At St John's Primary School, our history curriculum meets the national curriculum's statutory needs, and is designed to meet the needs of all pupils at St John's CE Primary School. History is valued as an important part of pupils' entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum and planned to build on knowledge and skills continually. At St. John's, we intend to provide a history curriculum that aims to inspire our pupils' curiosity to know more about the past. We wish to give our pupils a nurturing environment where they can reach their full potential. Thus, we aim to ignite a passion for history, to equip our pupils with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to become historians. 


At St. John's, our pupils develop enquiry skills to investigate and interpret the past. They are given the opportunity to develop a sense of chronology and an understanding of events and people of the past who have shaped the world we live in today. This develops their ability to communicate historically by providing them with relevant, related vocabulary.  


A high-quality history curriculum encompasses topics that aim to foster awe and wonder and drive children to ask questions. We explore the diverse nature of Britain's multicultural heritage and reinforce British values and underpinned by our Christian values. Through our teaching of history, we aim to equip pupils with both the tools and confidence to ask perceptive questions, reflect critically, challenge viewpoints and develop their own judgements based on historical evidence.




Our history curriculum is a knowledge-rich curriculum to help the pupils remember and recall knowledge from previous years and build upon what they already know. This helps to put their learning into a context and bring meaning to their learning. This enables them to build upon the key knowledge they have gathered from each topic and apply it to others to build a deeper understanding. 


Our history curriculum is carefully planned and structured to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. This way, teaching history allows our pupils to compare and contrast, explore how and why things have changed, and learn about significant people and events while expanding their research skills.


In reception, we begin teaching about history as our pupils begin developing their knowledge, skills and understanding of the world by starting with the most recent past. We begin with the child, exploring how we grow and change.  We use photographs, artefacts, visits out in the locality, and by talking to people about 'then and now'.


In key stages 1 and 2, history is taught in rotation with geography. The history curriculum is designed as topics but is taught as a discrete subject. This enables the teaching and learning to be focused and challenging. We want our children to learn about history actively and creatively, where children are given the knowledge and understanding of history and its chronology. In all classes, we use primary and secondary source material, ICT, and educational visits to provide an exciting, ambitious curriculum full of opportunities and experiences children need and thrive on.


Cross-curricular outcomes in history are used to enhance learning in other subjects, with strong links with art, geography, English, and drama. These lessons enable further contextual learning. The local area is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with learning opportunities outside the classroom embedded in practice. We believe this nurtures an enthusiasm for history and excites the children during each topic. Our trips and visitors enrich the curriculum to ensure the knowledge and experiences are memorable.  




Our book evaluations evidence a broad and balanced history curriculum and demonstrate the children's acquisition of identified key knowledge. The subject leader and senior leadership team conduct work scrutinies, learning walks, and pupil-voice to establish the impact. Our curriculum content is reviewed at the end of each topic. 


The children identify what they already know as a starting point for each unit of work. Through each topic, there are tasks to enable the children to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. Children review the agreed successes at the end of every session and are actively encouraged to identify their own target areas with their teachers' support. Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking and questioning, which helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and the wider world. 

History Whole-School Curriculum Map

History Whole School Curriculum Map

Whole School Vocabulary Progression

Primary National Curriculum History



Black History Month

Take a look at some of the activities that our classes will be taking part in during Black History Month!

During Black History Month, Reception learnt about Garrett Morgan. He was the person who invented traffic lights. They played a game of traffic lights altogether and then made their own set of traffic lights. They cut out the circles and had to put them in the correct order - red, amber, green!🚦🚦

Year 1 learnt about Rosa Parks and Malala Yousafzai. They discussed what impact these women had and how they could also make the world a more fair and equal place.