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At St Anne's we intend to provide a curriculum, in Key Stage 1 which inspires pupils to acquire an understanding of significant time, events and people in their living memory.

In Key Stage 2, the intent is to follow topics in chronological order so they can develop a sense of time. The curriculum builds pupils' understanding of time, chronology and how people lived.

Topics are informed by the national curriculum and children's interests, as well as a link to their local area.

All children will have some chronological awareness, in their own living memory or beyond. All children will learn knowledge and understanding of their topic, considering any changes in their own living memory or beyond. Children will learn about historical context by having access to a range of primary and secondary sources, children will handle artefacts, listen to first-hand experiences, watch videos and read books and documents to gather information. Each year, progressively, children will organise, evaluate and communicate information they have learnt.



As part of the planning process, teachers plan the following:

  • A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must master
  • A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth;
  • A multiple choice quiz which is tested before the topic and at the end of the topic to see progression
  • Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience


We maintain strong links to the National Curriculum guidelines to ensure all aspects, knowledge and skills are being taught.

We use progression grids to ensure there is clear skills, concepts and knowledge progression throughout school.



Through high quality teaching of History we will see the impact of the subject in different ways.

If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
  • A knowledge organiser quiz for the children to show case what they have learnt.
  • Pupil voice for children to talk about skills and knowledge they have acquired.
  • Children’s engagement in History lessons
  • Work, which will show that a range of topics are being covered.


Changes within living memory - Year 1 and 2 visit the National Coal Mining Museum

World War 2 - Class 5 and 6 receive a visit from a WW2 survivor!

Events Beyond Living Memory - A visit from the fire service to teach Class 1 and 2 about The Great Fire of London

Significant person in our own locality - Class 1 and 2 get to see a performance of Robin Hood!

Changes in Britain - Year 3 and 4 visit Brackenhurst!

Changes in Britain - Stone Age Homework in Year 4!


History is taught through Topic at St. Anne's Primary School. It forms a central part of our integrated curriculum. Through topic work children learn about the history of their local area. They gain a sense of chronology and develop a sense of cultural identity based on their historical heritage. They appreciate the need for sustainable development for the future and how events of the past have shaped our lives and our modern, multicultural society today. Through all these they develop their skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, interpretation, problem-solving, evaluation and presentation.
History is taught over a 2 year cycle. Key Stages 1 and 2 work in partnership with the consecutive year group; Year 1 and Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 and Year 5 and Year 6.
The pupils in Key Stage 1 are taught about:

  • changes within living memory
  • events beyond living memory
  • the lives of significant individuals
  • significant historical events

In Key Stage 2 the pupils are taught about:
  • changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
  • the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots
  • the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor
  • a local history study
  • a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • the achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of one of the following: Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt; The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China
  • Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world
  • a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history – one study chosen from: early Islamic civilization, including a study of Baghdad c. AD 900; Mayan civilization c. AD 900; Benin (West Africa) c. AD 900-1300.
Teaching of the above aims to inspire pupil’s curiosity to know more about the past. They are taught to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgment.
For more detailed information you can find the complete Programme of Study for History and St Anne's History coverage below. 
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