We aim for all children at St Joseph’s to be History confident and have an understanding about the lives of people who lived in the past. Our intention is to provide a knowledge rich history curriculum so that children will know more, remember more and understand more, and to equip them with the necessary skills to be confident historians in the wider world. At each stage of learning, children should be able to demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic and be able to build on this over time.

We intend to do this by:

  • Ensuring a high quality history curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable
  • Providing a variety of historical opportunities, which will enable them to make the connections needed to enjoy greater depth in learning
  • Ensuring children are confident historians who are not afraid to take risks
  • Ensuring children are using a variety of sources


Long, medium and short term planning is progressive and cohesive across the year groups and takes into account our curriculum offer. Teachers teach lessons that are fun and exciting and we provide quality first teaching in line with the teaching standards.

  • All teachers ‘know where children are’ through formative assessment and questioning their understanding
  • All teachers ‘understand where children need to be’ through a secure understanding of year group expectations and plan for progression in each lesson
  • All teachers set tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses
  • Communication, through reading and responding to a range of sources of information, when planning and carrying out historical enquiries, through taking part in discussions and presenting findings in a variety of ways
  • Co-operation, through planning and carrying out historical enquiries that are classroom based or take place on a visit to a museum, gallery or site
  • Problem-solving, through finding out about the past by investigating a specific question or issue, deciding what information they need to know, identifying relevant sources of information and discussing their conclusions
  • Children use historical language
  • Children are able to explain historical events


The children will be able to:

  • Quickly recall facts and knowledge
  • Recognise relationships and make connections in history
  • Use historical language
  • Explain historical events using historical language

National Curriculum

Progression in Skills