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St. Mary's Catholic Primary School

Intent, Implementation & Impact

The intent for the history curriculum at St Mary's is to ignite a passion for history and stimulate the children's curiosity in order for them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding. We encourage the children to be curious and excited to learn about Britain's past and that of the wider world and understand that history could also shape their future. We teach children a sense of chronology, in order to develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. This enables our children to understand the value of their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain. At St Mary's, we aim to deliver a high-quality history curriculum which fosters awe and wonder and drives the children to ask questions linked to the period of time they are studying.  Through our teaching of history, we aim to equip children with both the tools and confidence to ask perceptive questions, reflect critically, challenge viewpoints and develop their own judgements based on historical evidence.

The implementation is how we deliver what we want the children to know by the time they leave St Mary's.  We use Key Stage History as a scheme of work and adapt it to suit the needs of the school and children.  Lessons are sequential and work on a spiral meaning they get harder throughout the years.  Key skills are revisited and built open continuously and progression is clearly evident on the progression map link.

The impact of this new curriculum has been great and evidence of good progress in each year group. The staff and the children really enjoy their history lessons and apply their knowledge and historical skills to their work both in school and outside of school.