In history we follow the National Curriculum statements which are broken down into Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  

We aim to provide a high quality history education that will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our curriculum is designed to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching is directed at equipping pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils 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.


At St. Oswald’s we recognise that the learning of History is an integral part of our children’s education as they learn about events and people in the past that have shaped the world that they live in. Through History pupils learn valuable skills such as sequencing, time and chronology and gives them the opportunity to explore how the past influences the present. Pupils will develop their ability to observe, record, communicate, interpret, hypothesise and debate in a wide range of contexts. History gives pupils the opportunities to understand the diversity of human experience, which will allow them to make informed personal choices and commitments. All pupils will develop their Historical knowledge and skill set to at least a good level which will encourage a love of research and learning.

Children will understand History as a coherent, chronological narrative, how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. They will develop a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’ and ‘parliament’. Children will understand 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 constructed History.


All classes will complete at least one full hour of History lessons every week (or equivalent if teaching in blocks per term) and will be provided with high quality teaching and learning opportunities. Planning will be progressive and will drive high expectations of our children. All lessons will be well resourced and meaningful to ensure all children reach their full potential.

Children will progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary, skills and knowledge in order to develop into confident, accurate and meaningful historians.


Through the thorough planning and monitoring of pupil progress all pupils should make at least good or better progress in History. Children will be confident applying different historical skills such as debating, research and analysing and will use these skills to devise opinions and conclusions.

Children will be confident historians who can make links between different time periods and events and can discuss what they know.

Pupils will see History as being relevant to everyday life as well as being something that they will need as they move on through their school life and ultimately to the world of employment. They will appreciate the impact of past events and understand how people from the past have influenced modern day life.

The Bible teaches us that: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8.


Pupil learning and progression will be assessed at regular intervals in line with school policy. This information will be recorded and will be monitored by the subject leader who will use this data to ensure teaching is targeted and appropriate for each pupil, class and year group as well as to feedback on progress to SL. Teachers will also complete ‘mini quizzes’ at the beginning of every lesson to revisit previous learning and as an on-going assessment tool.

The Historical Association subscription together with the schools scheme of work, developed by the History Curriculum Leader and class teachers, will be used to support planning and to ensure knowledge progression through year groups. It provides resources and schemes of work, which can be used to support teachers planning.

In line with the School’s SEND & Inclusion Policy each child will have an equal entitlement to all aspects of the History curriculum and to experience the full range of creative activities. Therefore, in delivering History, care will be taken to ensure that a variety or learning styles are accessed and teaching methods adopted.

If pupils are not progressing in line with expectations, this will be identified during on-going formative assessment. This will enable teachers to put in place an intervention programme to address any issues.


Classes will have the resources needed to teach History lessons to at least a good level and children should be encouraged to use whatever resources are available to them in the classroom and which they feel would be beneficial to help them.

Though history lessons we want the pupils to have a sense of awe and wonder about the past.  We believe that a key part of this is giving the pupils the opportunity to handle interesting artefacts.  By handing, exploring, questioning and deriving information from these artefacts, learning is made real and pupils are able to develop their own learning.  They are also exposed to a range of sources such photographs, diaries, newspaper articles and paintings and encouraged to ask questions and make links between their learning.

Curriculum Development Opportunities

Year 6 - Imperial War Museum (World War II)

Year 5 - Tatton Park (Anglo Saxons and Vikings)

Year 4 - World Museum (Ancient Greeks)

Year 3 - Tatton Park (Stone Age)

Year 3 - Ancient Egyptian Museum 

Year 2 - Fire and Rescue Visit (The Great Fire of London)

Year 1 - Liverpool Albert Dock (Water, Water) 


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