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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

St Mary's Catholic
Primary School


Statement of Intent

It is our intent for history in the school curriculum to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and to understand how events connect over time and have a legacy, often lasting until today. 

Our history curriculum will be teaching the children chapters in the story which involves us all, up until today.   We don’t want our pupils to see history as separate topics that they learn about but as connected events.  Our history curriculum will help pupils understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and the relationships between them, as well as understand their own identity.

Pupils will gain an understanding of chronology and timescales.

We will inspire pupil’s curiosity and equip them to ask questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.

'The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future' 

Theodore Roosevelt

The history subject leader is Mrs Veitch.


Threshold Concepts

Threshold concepts are the ‘big ideas’ that shape students’ thinking within each subject. The same threshold concepts will be explored in every year group and students will gradually increase their understanding of them.


  • Investigate and interpret the past

    This concept involves understanding that our understanding of the past comes from an interpretation of the available evidence.

  • Build an overview of world history

    This concept involves an appreciation of the characteristic features of the past and an understanding that life is different for different sections of society.

  • Understand chronology

    This concept involves an understanding of how to chart the passing of time and how some aspects of history studied were happening at similar times in different places.

  • Communicate historically

    This concept involves using historical vocabulary and techniques to convey information about the past.

History Curriculum