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History is alive and well at St Leonard's! In their learning journeys the children have re-enacted Medieval battles, enjoyed a Medieval banquet with a visit from a knight in shining armour, made an Egyptian mummy and coffin, we have even had our very own Great Fire of London!


The children learn about people's lives and lifestyles. They find out about significant men, women, children and events from the recent and more distant past, including those from both Britain and the wider world. When appropriate, we organise trips to places of interest and invite specialists into school to work with the children and bring history to life.


Intent: What we want to achieve

  • To develop in pupils an awareness of the past, within a chronological framework.
  • To investigate people and events. 
  • To develop an understanding of why things happened and how it influences our lives today.
  • To engage in a wide range of enquiry using different media.
  • To communicate their ideas based on research.

Implementation - We will:

  • Plan progressive lessons through a thematic based curriculum which are rooted in the National Curriculum and Early Years foundation stage curriculum and which are regularly reviewed and developed to ensure they motivate pupils; build on experience and previous study and expand a pupil’s knowledge and understanding of the past
  • Link learning to high quality literacy texts.
  • Link learning in History to other areas of the curriculum to develop depth of understanding
  • Develop high quality resources that are tactile, IT based, written graphic and photographic
  • Allow children to handle sources and develop research skills
  • Provide multisensory activities and a wide variety of learning experiences to motivate deep learning, curiosity and investigation
  • Use visits, visitors and 'experience days' to make learning meaningful and to enhance depth of knowledge. 
  • Provide opportunities for pupils to work independently in pairs, in small groups and as a whole class inside and outside the classroom
  • Use precise tracking and assessment to move pupils’ learning forward
  • Develop their ability to evaluate their own and their peers work
  • Develop understanding of chronology, change and continuity.



Impact: The intended outcomes of the history curriculum


By the end of the Foundation Stage most children will be able to:

  • Find out about past and present events in their own lives, and in those of their families and other people they know.


By the end of KS1 most children will be able to:

  • Show their developing sense of chronology by using terms concerned with the passing of time.
  • Place events and objects in order on a simple time line.
  • Be aware of how some lives were similar or dissimilar to others. 
  • Understand that their own lives are different from those of children in the past.
  • Recognise that there are reasons why people in the past acted as they did.
  • Begin to ask questions and know where to find the sources to answer these questions. 
  • Explore some local history. 


By the end of Year 4 most children will be able to:

  • Recognise that the past can be divided into different periods of time.
  • Show knowledge and understanding of some of the main events, people and changes studied. This should include local, world and British history. 
  • Note and comment on similarities of time periods. 
  • Devise their own questions. 
  • Give reasons for and results of, the main events and changes.

History Overview 2021-22