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History KS1


“Pupils should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They should use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They should ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.” National Curriculum 2014


  1. we plan the history lessons at St Jude’s, it is important to us that we give the children opportunities to find out about what life would have been like in the past. Wherever possible we visit places of interest in the local area, so that the children develop their understanding of Fareham and Hampshire. We positively encourage our children to ask questions about “why”, “when”, “how” and “where”. It is through asking these types of questions that children’s natural curiosity about what life was like before they were alive is nurtured. Our teaching guides the children towards wanting to find the answers. This, in turn, produces more questions for the children to ponder and explore.

The teaching of history at St Jude’s Catholic Primary School, is planned to include many exciting and engaging opportunities for the children to experience ‘hands-on’ learning about the past.


“Pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They should regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.” National Curriculum 2014

History KS2


At St Jude’s we are trialling a concept led exploration of history (Chris Quigley).

Each year group has chosen up to 3 concepts to study in chronological order the time periods identified in The National Curriculum.





Year 3

Lest We Forget /



Grand Designs

Year 4

Lest We Forget / Freedom



Year 5

Lest We Forget


Crime and Punishment


Year 6

Lest We Forget

Homes/Housing, Settlements and Groups

Using the Earth's Natural Resources

For example, the children who are in year 3 at the present time will learn about the past through a variety of ‘conceptual lenses’ before they leave at the end of year 6. It is our belief that they really will “…develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study…” as stated above. (National Curriculum)

As indicated in the National Curriculum the pupils will be taught about:

  • Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots
  • The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor
  • A local history study
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • The achievements of the earliest civilisations – an overview and a depth study of Ancient Egypt (from the 5 suggested)
  • Ancient Greece
  • A non-European study and provides contrasts with British history – Mayan civilisation (from the 3 suggested)