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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 children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum and planned to build disciplinary and substantive knowledge continually. At St. John's, we intend to provide a history curriculum that aims to inspire our children’s curiosity to know more about the past. Thus, we aim to ignite a passion for history, to equip our pupils with the disciplinary and substantive knowledge to become historians.


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 disciplinary knowledge of research.


In Reception, we begin teaching about history as our children begin developing their disciplinary and substantive knowledge of the world by starting with the most recent past.


At St. John's CE School, we follow this sequence of learning for teaching history throughout each history topic:



History Whole School Curriculum Map

Whole School Vocabulary Progression

Primary National Curriculum History



We are all historians!

Take a look at the fantastic history work that we have done so far this year:



Black History Month

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

Reception - Black History Month - Garrett Morgan

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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

To commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee, each class focused on a different decade in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Each class explored images from each year of their decade to discover what significant events happened during their focus decade. They then designed a commemorative plate to represent their class’s time period, including pictures, symbols and words to show what happened during those years. 

Take a look at our fabulous plates!

Platinum Jubilee Commemorative Plates

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History Trips