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St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

We live, learn and grow in the light of Christ


Our History Subject Leader is Miss Russell.

History at St. Joseph’s

At St. Joseph’s, we aim to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for History by providing our pupils with an inspiring, broad and balanced curriculum. Our curriculum enables pupils to order events in time, find similarities and differences, write and talk about the past, use different sources for information and ask and answer questions. All classes in each year group will do a range of activities, learning skills and techniques with the aim to link ‘then’ and now. 

Early Years Foundation Stage

During their time in the Foundation Stage the child will develop their use of language relating to past and future events; being able to talk about their past, present and future experiences, being able to order and sequence events and become aware of the ‘new’ and the ‘old’.

Key Stage One

In Key Stage One, pupils will develop upon their basic chronological awareness by sequencing events in their lives, events from previous times and ordering artefacts from ‘old’ to ‘new’. By learning about the past, the children will expand their vocabulary to include new words and phrases relating to the passing of time and historical terms. They will show their understanding of key features of events by asking questions and using parts of stories and other sources.

Key Stage Two

During Years 3 to 6, the children build upon their previous knowledge of chronology and understanding of British, local and world history.  They will be able to use historical terms to note connections, contrasts and trends over time. Developing upon their ability to sequence past events, the children will look at and identify the main events within the timeline they are studying. They will continue to use different sources to research and find out about the past; developing a deeper understanding of beliefs, behaviour and characteristics of people, recognising that not everyone shares the same views and feelings.


Ongoing assessment of children’s work in History is made by informal judgements as we observe the children during lessons. Once the children complete a piece of work, it is marked and commented on. Teachers assess learning at the end of a topic, against the national curriculum requirements by highlighting the statements on insight tracking. We use this information to plan future work to ensure we are building upon the children’s current skills and knowledge.

History in Action

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