Catchgate Primary School

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History is taught and embedded through a range of cross curricular lessons at Catchgate. Each half term, we have a whole school theme where children complete a range of activities to support their learning linking to this theme across all subjects and their interests. There will be cross-curricular links for children to access the curriculum whilst being taught the knowledge and skills relevant to their year group within history during Autumn 2, Spring 1 and Spring 2. 


Throughout the year, children will have opportunities to reflect on their learning and revisit history skills taught, to embed these skills. 



History Coverage in School

History Coverage in School

History Policy

History Policy

National Curriculum

The National Curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world 
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind 
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’ 
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses 
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

Local History

History in the Local Area

Local history provides rich opportunities to engage children in their immediate local area and understand their own history and how history contributes to a greater overall understanding and bigger picture. Where appropriate and applicable, children will have many opportunities to develop their historical knowledge of the local area and surrounding areas, through the use of artefacts, being out and about the local area, speaking to local members of the community and public, who can link to our historical learning. 

History Intent


Our intent is that our teaching of History will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world to build respect, appreciation, and pride of their country. We aim for it to inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past to develop their understanding of key events. Children will ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Through the teaching of History we endeavour to teach pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, including those of the present, the process of change, the diversity of societies and beliefs, whilst celebrating these differences.  



In terms of the specific history curriculum our intent is that: -  

  • We celebrate the cultural capital intent above, pupils are taught history in an enriched and cross curricular approach, enabling progression of learning and skills amongst other subjects. 

  • the curriculum is designed with the intention that every pupil can reach their potential in History. 

  • Visits locally and within the community are planned linking to school themes, to allow our pupils to be proud and have a sense of belonging of their local area.  

  • Activities and visits involving visitors and the community are planned in to provide first-hand experiences for the pupils to support and develop their learning as historians and their historical experiences.  

  • Pupils gain more historical experiences from going on visits and being proud of their local heritage.  

  • History is promoted through the celebration of anniversaries, festivals, and events throughout the year, which are linked with other areas of the curriculum. 

  • Pupils will learn lessons from history to influence the decisions they make in their lives in the future, supporting school’s overall focus on enabling them to become responsible citizens. 

  • High quality history lessons will inspire pupils to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians, understanding their role in time.  

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