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'I love History because we get to learn about life before we were even born and it’s interesting to see how life has changed and developed.' 


History at St John’s aims to excite, inspire, nurture and challenge our children while preparing them for the next phase of education. With links between subjects in year groups and links between themes across school, we aim to deliver a curriculum with a strong framework so that children know more, remember more and understand more. Our intention is that all students will develop a well-rounded, deep knowledge of the past and its events, with the aim to improve every student’s cultural capital and understanding of world including their local history.

We have designed a curriculum that will allow all children to:

  • develop their interest of the past, arousing their curiosity and motivation to learn.
  • become ‘Historians’ by developing skills in enquiry, analysis, evaluation and argument.
  • delve deeply into a Historical ‘Big Question’ where they can form their own opinions.
  • discover links across periods of world, ancient, British and local history.
  • develop their knowledge and understanding of chronology and how events in the past have influenced the present.
  • understand how they can use sources of evidence to find out about the past whilst recognising that interpretations in History may differ.


The curriculum has been designed to consider the skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each History topic; these are mapped across each year group and are progressive throughout the school. The links between topics across year groups also allow for generative knowledge to be developed while a core part of the curriculum is focused on our pupils as historians by developing their disciplinary knowledge over time.


As a school, we will:

  • ensure chronology is taught explicitly and with intent at the beginning of each topic, starting in EYFS
  • plan accordingly, making links between what children have previously learnt
  • ensure children are given opportunities to think like a historian, through carefully planned, engaging enquiries
  • use high quality resources and sources of evidence which inspire children’s thinking about the past
  • introduce children to relevant, progressive historical vocabulary which can be built upon over time
  • plan for high-quality visits/visitors to further develop hinterland knowledge


  • Children will become increasingly aware of historical events that have shaped the world that they currently live in as well as having a further understanding of History on a local level.
  • Children will become increasingly critical and analytical within their thinking, making informed and balanced judgements based on their knowledge of the past.
  • Children will develop their enquiry skills and be able to ask carefully considered questions before making hypotheses.
  • Children will retain prior-learning and explicitly make connections between what they have previously learned and what they are currently learning.