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At St Paul’s C of E Primary School, we aim for a high quality history curriculum which will inspire a curiosity and fascination about Britain’s past and that of the wider world for our pupils. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about the history of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world, an understanding of significant aspects of the history of the wider world like ancient civilisations and empires, exploration of changes in living memory and beyond living memory, and learning about the lives of significant people of the past.

Our curriculum is planned carefully with our pupils in mind. The focus of our units of learning, and when these are studied, are chosen carefully, for example 'The Tudors' in Year 5 with a detailed focus on the separation of the churches, the creation of The Church of England, and the impact that this has had since. We make use of our local area, such as Tudor style  and Victorian architecture that are still present today, and pupils in Year 3 focus on the Victorian Era for our 'Local Area Study' as this was when our school was opened. We use this topic as a chance to learn about not only significant figures from this era, but also what it would have been like to be an early pupil at St Paul's school. We also link with our local church when learning about remembrance day - our pupils are invited to take part in the service and learn about individuals from the local area who lost their lives. We have also adapted our units to ensure that there is a diverse representation of cultures across periods of history and that this is woven across our learning rather than as stand alone units, with our own community at the centre of our choices.

Our curriculum develops pupils' understanding about different methods of historical enquiry, including different types of source, and supports them in being able to ask and answer questions with increasing complexity, ensuring that there is a focus on the development of appropriate vocabulary to express their knowledge and opinions. We want pupils to enjoy learning about history by gaining knowledge and skills through not only their experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of visitors, online workshops and educational visits. We make use of the local area, such as Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London, and further afield, such as The Weald and Downland Museum.

By the end of their time with us, our pupils will feel prepared for their transition to secondary school with a solid foundation to be built upon further. 

Skills and Knowledge Progression and Whole School Overview

History Skills and Knowledge Progression

History Whole School Curriculum Overview

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