June 3, 2020



Intent of the History Curriculum

The history curriculum is designed by the curriculum co-ordinator, management team and governors to allow pupils to transfer key knowledge to their long-term memory. It is sequenced in a chronological order encompassing significant historical events, people and places in our locality to ensure breadth, balance, continuity and progression. This results in building new skills and knowledge based upon what has been taught before, allowing all pupils to work towards clearly defined end points.

We develop children’s experiences and understanding of history and ignite their curiosity about Britain’s past and that of the wider world; building critical thinking skills so that children can make reasoned judgements that are logical and well thought out through encompassing memorable learning opportunities for example, Egyptian day, Victorian day and Ancient Greek day.

Implementation of the History Curriculum

The school provides a coherently planned curriculum, sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge, skills and cultural capital through informative teaching and learning activities and enhancement experiences.

In Key Stage One; children will be learning about famous British explorers as well as lesser known local heroes. They will learn about great events in our history from the Battle of Trafalgar to the Duke of Wellington statue. They will also learn about objects and inventions from the past and how these things change and can change us.

The main focus in this key stage is to teach children about the passing of time and give them an understanding of chronology. We also want to encourage the children to begin to think about the use of evidence through providing different resources for them to study. There is also a strong focus on locality in Key Stage One as our area offers a rich and interesting history, from the first British flight to the home of one of our most celebrated female authors.

In Key Stage Two, there is a strong focus on chronology and a key period of British history is taught in each year from Stone Age man through to the Viking invasions. Alongside these topics the children will increase their knowledge of world history, studying ancient civilizations such as the Ancient Egyptians and the Mayans. An aspect of more modern history is covered in Year Six during a topic about the Battle of Britain and Year Five will do a local study on the uniqueness of Aldershot and its military background.

Impact of the History Curriculum

Our thorough tracking and assessment system enables teachers to check children’s progress in relation to the curriculum and provide targeted intervention if needed.

History is monitored by the subject leader and phase leaders in all year groups after each topic, through work scrutiny, review of assessment, pupil interviews and lesson observation to discuss learning and look at the impact. This is reported to the Headteacher and appropriate changes made.

At St Joseph’s, pupils achieve highly across the curriculum in English and Maths, the sciences, humanities, art, language and physical education and the use of transferable skills is promoted. Pupils use the knowledge and skills learnt to meet the challenges of the next part of their educational journey and to do so with confidence and concentration.

History in the curriculum

Updated September 2019