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St Peter's Catholic Primary School

‘A love for God, ourselves and others’



Our History Lead is Mrs Cooper



Our intent at St Peter’s is that our History curriculum will help pupils to augment their cultural literacy and gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.


We aim to inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past; teaching them to ask questions, think critically, understand, use and reflect on first hand and secondary evidence and develop an appreciation of where their lives fit in into the past as well as the future.


We teach children to understand the complexity of people’s lives in the past, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups.




History lessons focus on developing historical skills and children working as historians. Children are exposed to real life historical experiences and learn about history in an active and creative way. We want children to experience history wherever possible through visits, visitors and trips. We visit our local museums as well as travel by coach to other historical places of interest around Kent.


The planning of history combines the progression of skills and knowledge throughout the school along with enrichment opportunities in which to apply that learning.


Outcomes in books and evidence from pupil voice will demonstrate a broad and balanced history curriculum, showing children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge and skills.



History is about becoming curious and thinking critically so its important apply to the planning for all learners, including those with SEN. For some pupils, particularly those with SEN, an understanding of ‘time’ itself can be a particular issue and might be a focus for some additional support.

In history, knowledge can be recording in a variety of methods including posters and video recordings. Staff are used to act as scribes.

Pupils are involved in the evaluation of their own work, and each other’s is a valuable strategy. The Teacher explains what the pupils need to do to achieve their objective, providing criteria and possibly showing them a good example of completed work so that pupils with SEN are clear on what to achieve, when and for how long.

We encourage teachers to plan visits and/or visitors to enhance the learning of the unit of history.


Our Curriculum 2023-24

Progression of Skills

Showcase of Learning

Our brilliant African Dance Workshop with Uncle George! What a way to kick off Black History Month 2023!

We had such a brilliant visit from poet, Kat Francois, who worked with KS2 to write some excellent poems all about ourselves and our cultural identities. We shared our poetry in a poetry slam assembly at the end of the day.

Year 6 led a beautiful remembrance service, presenting to the school art work, writing, drama and music. The whole school also contributed a beautiful offering to our memorial table. Year 1 also went for a trip to Avenue of Remembrance to see how armistice is remembered in our local community.



Our History Curriculum



For the new academic year 2023-2024, we have adapted our geography and history curriculum to further deepen our children's learning experiences. While we are working hard to update our webpage throughout this academic year, we are still very proud of the curriculum prior to these changes, so please enjoy perusing our work from previous years:



St Peter's Catholic Primary School remembered ...

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Video of The Great Fire of London by Year 2