St Martin de Porres Catholic Primary School



We seek to develop all children’s understanding of their place in the word; to promote curiosity and fascination – to become an active learner with a passion for history. Our teaching of history hopes to develop in all children, a sense of who the children are locally, nationally and globally. The curriculum aims to develop well-rounded and successful historians, informed by the National Curriculum, and exposed to planned and differentiated lessons, taught with clear objectives. It hopes to develop a knowledge of chronology within which children can organise their understanding of the past.

We will ensure that skills are progressive across key stages, helping to develop an understanding of the passing of time.

We will seek to build a History curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills.

The children will have a knowledge of:

  • A sense of time – with coherent, chronological understanding

  • Cause and consequence

  • Continuity and change

  • Historical interpretation

  • Historical context



Skills & Knowledge progression will be tracked throughout the school to ensure contunity and progression across key stages.

History is recognised as an enquiry with a focus on skills and deepening knowledge and understanding, supported by ongoing questioning and discussion, observations and records of the children’s work in their books.

Historical enquiry will be secure and skills for inference, the use of tier 3 vocabulary, questioning and curiosity and communication will be part of history lessons.

The long term curriculum overview for each year to read in advance, is just below. 



Children enjoy and look forward to history. They see it as a way of learning facts and improving knowledge. They know what it means to be a historian and they are immersed in and inspired by the past, having a willingness to learn more.

The children will achieve age related expectations in History at the end of their cohort year.

By the time a child leaves St Martin’s they have a sound knowledge of key historical concepts and skills. They can think critically, question and challenge sources, opinions and information. They will retain knowledge of chronology which helps them to organise their understanding of the past. They will have had experiences of history that have fostered their interests and enriched their learning.