At St Joseph’s we believe that a high quality history education will help children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupil’s curiosity to know more about the past. Children are equipped to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. The study of history helps children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

We intend to do this by:

  • Ensuring a high quality history curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable
  • Ensuring children are confident historians who can justify their viewpoint using historical language
  • Embedding key learning through enrichment such as access to expert historians


Long, medium and short term planning is progressive and cohesive across the year groups and takes into account our curriculum offer. Teachers teach lessons that are fun and exciting and we provide quality first teaching in line with the teaching standards.

  • All teachers ‘know where children are’ through formative assessment and questioning their understanding
  • All teachers ‘understand where children need to be’ through a secure understanding of year group expectations and plan for progression in each lesson
  • Communication, through reading and responding to a range of sources of information, when planning and carrying out historical enquiries, through taking part in discussions and presenting findings in a variety of ways
  • Co-operation, through planning and carrying out historical enquiries that are classroom based or take place on a visit to a museum, gallery or site
  • Problem-solving, through finding out about the past by investigating a specific question or issue, deciding what information they need to know, identifying relevant sources of information and discussing their conclusions
  • Children use historical language
  • Children are able to explain historical events


The children will be able to:

  • Quickly recall facts and knowledge
  • Recognise relationships and make connections in history
  • Use historical language
  • Explain historical events using historical language

Click here to view History Programmes of Study Key Stage 1 & 2

History Plan

History Overview 2023-24

National Curriculum

SEF History – July 23