‘A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and the wider world’  [National Curriculum, DfE 2014]


The teaching of History at St James’ Church of England Primary School provides appropriate learning experiences for the full ability range of our pupils within the statutory frameworks of each key stage. The History Curriculum is about reconstructing the past and building up a picture of the past based upon evidence and the analysis of the accounts of contemporaries and historians. Through the History curriculum, we can encourage our children to develop their ability to think critically and independently and gain knowledge of the wider world and Britain’s past. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the diversity of societies and it also enables pupils to identify their own time and the challenges of their time. By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant early learning goal or programme of study.  


Through the history curriculum, we aim to: 

  • Stimulate pupils’ enthusiasm for, and curiosity to know more about the past
  • Equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement
  • Give children an understanding of their own cultural roots and to share inheritances (including British Values)
  • Contribute to their knowledge and understanding of the process of change
  • Enrich other areas of the curriculum
  • Provide children with challenging, relevant and interesting areas of study 

By the end of Key Stage 2, our end points for children are:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts: understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales 

At St James’ Primary School, we provide a well-rounded, cyclical curriculum based on the National Curriculum and our visions, values and mission of Respect, Aspiration, Community and Enquiring minds. The aspects of history taught are sequenced to allow children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We recognise the important role that history plays in preparing our children for later life. Running through our history curriculum are the strands of British Values: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. This will help pupils to recognise how to be responsible citizens, and to understand change and societal development. History is taught weekly each term (see below for overview). Quality first teaching will provide children with transferrable skills, raise their aspirations, and help them to recognise the importance of history for the future.


If children wish to continue to study history in the future, jobs include: museum curator, archaeologist, teacher, conservation officer, archivist, researcher, librarian, reporter and many more...

Whole School Overview

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

All about me

 Light and Dark


Farm animals and pets

Seasonal Change

 Our Local Area


Me, my family, my home

 People who help us

Seasonal changes

Living Things



Year 1

Room on the Broom (and other ways to travel) 

The Great Fire of London 

Local Sporting Heroes 

Year 2

History Detectives 

To the Rescue! 

The Explorers 

Year 3

Sticks and Stones 

Romans in Britain 

Invaders and Settlers 

Year 4

Vikings: Raiders or Traders? 

Ancient Civilisations: Lost Lands 

Ancient Egypt 

Year 5

Industrial Revolution 

Conflict and Consequences 

Ancient Greek Legacy 

Year 6

People, Power and Protest 

Who do you think you are? 

The Golden Age of Islam