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At St. Philip's, it is out intent to instill a love of History in all our children. We aim to provide an exciting  and varied curriculum that  interests and  intrigues our children while meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum.

The study of history should ignite children's curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Through finding out about how and why they world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time, children understand how the past influences the present. History enables them to develop a context for their growing sense  of  identity  and  chronological framework  for  their  knowledge  of  significant events and people. It is our intention to stimulate the children's curiosity in order for them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.



At St. Philip's, History is taught in half termly blocks and is carefully planned so that our children build  on  their  knowledge,  understanding  and  skills  progressively  as  they  move  through school.

Starting in the Early Years, children begin to make sense of their own life story and their family history. They talk about memories within their family growing up. The children become aware of chronology when discussing daily I weekly routines.

Within Key Stage 1, the children develop an awareness of the lives of significant people from the past. History also helps children to understand the events within living memory and how things change over time.

Within Key Stage 2, children will understand history as a chronological narrative, starting with the earliest times to  present day. The children will understand  the process of change, the diversity of societies, relationships between different group. They will also look at cause and effect.

Children will become aware of how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.  The   history curriculum is designed   to  develop  historical  enquiry,  knowledge, understanding and communication .


To assess history, teachers  use the  progressive  assessment  statements  linked to every history unit to assess the achievements of each child.

Subject leaders complete termly monitoring  (by looking at work in books, talking to pupils and observing  history  lessons  in the classroom)  to  assess  the  impact that history  has on  the  children. Our  recently  updated  history  curriculum  is  reviewed throughout  the  year  to  ensure  progression  of  skills  and  ensure  the  curriculum matches the needs of our children.

History lessons are accessible for all children and are differentiated to allow pupils to reach their own potential and be challenged.

We want  our children to show a real love and enthusiasm  for  history so that they understand how history has shaped the world we live in and their own lives. We want them to feel confident in talk about history and be curious to ask questions and find out more.