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The national curriculum for History aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history 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
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • 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
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • 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. Leonards, we use the International Primary Curriculum to support the teaching and learning of History. This embeds the National Curriculum into themed topics, where children learn the various historical skills required at Primary School level and develops:

  • A richer vocabulary which will enable pupils to articulate their understanding and knowledge of taught concepts.
  • A wider variety of skills linked to historical knowledge such as the development of being able to think critically and build on perspective and judgement.
  • Understanding the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies between different groups as well as their own identity and challenges of their time.
  • High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.

Take a look at some of the amazing History learning we have been doing at St Leonard's!

History Learning Zone

  • Oak Academy


  • BBC Bitesize