At St Francis of Assisi C of E Primary School, we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to ignite a passion and curiosity about the past and to think and act as historians. Through history specific and lessons delivered through the wider curriculum, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically. We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become historians:

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of chronology, people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past and those in the wider world;
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences;
  • The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources developing wisdom and knowledge of history;
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry;
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning;
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics. This should develop deeper learning across topics taught including mastery learning.
  • A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.

We follow the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2. For pupils in the early years children’s learning is based around Birth to Five Matters. Teachers will ensure teaching of history has the school’s Christian ethos and values at its heart. A cohesive curriculum is built by ensuring all historical themes provide children with the opportunity to develop substantive and disciplinary concepts. This will help children make connections and links to their prior learning ensuring that knowledge and skills are developed during their time in school. The substantive concepts covered are: achievements/impact, beliefs, society, housing (and buildings) and entertainment. The disciplinary skills we cover are: chronology, change, continuity, cause, consequence, enquiry, interpretation and organising relevant historical information.

Children will have the opportunity to explore British Values, Christian Values and SMSC through history lessons. Explicit links are made within medium term plans. Our curriculum aims to reflect upon and provide children with an understanding of Teesside’s impressive industrial past and the impact of this upon the country and the wider world. Our history curriculum builds cultural capital because it is broad and balanced.

Please click here for a copy of our table showing the EYFS and National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Key Stages 1 and 2 for History.

The school has a clear progression document for pupils throughout EYFS, KS1 and KS2 which can be found within our History Policy.


Please click here for a copy of our long term overview. Further details about the implementation can be found by contacting Mrs Field (our History Lead) or by reading our policy document.