We want our Historians to:

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  • Learn knowledge of significant historical eras/events both UK history and global history.
  • Have opportunities to interpret sources and justify their reasoning.
  • Explore causation within historical events and comment logically and with respect.
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  • Foster curiosity and creativity about what they are learning and about the world around them. to ask questions
  • Foster a love of learning new knowledge and skills, a love of building on existing knowledge and skills and a love of creating, planning and undertaking historical investigation methodically.
  • Have resilience and determination by knowing that hard work will give us the answers and help us to succeed. To know that it is OK to not get things right all of the time and we learn from mistakes and that in history opinions change with time and knowledge.


  • Begin to answer their own questions about the history of their local area, the nation and the wider world around them.
  • Will be well equipped with the historical knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of historical events today and for the future.
  • Understand that history is essential to everyday life and the impact it can have on our lives.


  • A clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum where teaching and learning should show progression across all key stages.
  • Children have access to key language and meanings in order to understand and readily apply to their written, mathematical and verbal communication of their skills.
  • Children will use a range of resources to develop their knowledge and understanding that is integral to their learning and to develop their understanding.
  • Children will scrutinize historical sources and consider bias and objectivity. They will be able to comment critically on the evidence presented to them.
  • Knowledge organisers for each topic will show the teaching and learning that will take place and highlight the specific vocabulary for the topic.
  • Children will reflect on previous learning and cross curricular links will be made wherever possible
  • Children will be able to build on prior knowledge and link ideas together, enabling them to question and become enquiry based learners.
  • Attainment will be assessed through longer historical enquiry questions and discussions.


The impact of our history curriculum is that each child learns more, knows more and remembers more so that they reach their full potential in this curriculum area.

  • Most children will achieve age related expectations in history at the end of their cohort year.
  • Children will retain knowledge that is pertinent to history within the context of the local area, Great Britain and indeed the wider world.
  • Children will be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge.
  • Children will examine sources objectively and make their mind up on the content of sources, offering justification for their reasoning.

At English Martyrs we follow the Primary National Curriculum for History in England. We track our progress here.

History is the study of evidence about the past and plays an essential part in preparing us for living and working in a contemporary world. It gives us a sense of identity, set within our social, political, cultural and economic relationships.

The National Curriculum states that “A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.”

Here are a few useful websites to support the teaching of History:

Titanic Day

Year 1 and 2 had a fabulous finish to complete their learning about Titanic. This included dressing up as different classed passengers, making sandwiches and finishing the afternoon with a quiz all about their learning.

It was great fun and all the children looked fantastic!


Year 1 and 2 have been learning about the Titanic this term. As part of our homework we created some dioramas linked to the Titanic. We created different parts of the ship including the boiler room, different bedrooms and some models of the whole ship!

Ancient Egypt

During Advent 1, year 4 have been learning about the ancient Egyptian civilisation. The topic started with a tomb appearing in the classroom which the children explored and discovered a mummy!

For homework, the children were also asked to research and answer their own enquiry questions relating to the Egyptian Pyramids. Once they had finished researching, they chose how they would like to present their information. We had home-made pyramids, mummified monkeys and cats, a sugar cube pyramid, powerpoints, videos and even a stop motion video!

Mr Gibson came in to share his Viking artifacts with us, we hot seated him and he was able to answer our questions from the point of view of a Viking warrior.  It was a great experience.