St. Ann’s History Curriculum Intent


At St. Ann’s our intention is to provide a History Curriculum which allows all learners to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of the past, both locally and worldwide. Our children should be able to ask thought provoking questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement and most importantly rejoice in their learning in a way that suits all needs. We aim for our children to appreciate the awe and wonder of God’s creation by comparison of the past to present day.

We want our pupils to develop as critical and logical thinkers and enrich, extend and consolidate learning in a variety of ways. Through thorough and extensive planning, we intend to encourage children to express their opinions thoughtfully, inspire each other’s learning, and work to high standards. We feel that by working in this manner, the children will be following our mission statement, as well as learning an enriched history curriculum. Through these intentions we hope to have given all learners the fundamental foundations for further historical learning. We aim for all learners to be confident in knowing how the British values that we live by, were shaped throughout the ages and how they were influenced by different civilisations that came before us.


Throughout the curriculum children will be given opportunities to:

  • know and understand the history of Britain and our local community.
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: looking in particular at ancient civilisations, empires and other non-European societies.
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of a varied historical vocabulary.
  • understand historical concepts 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 by using a broad range of historical resources


We aim to raise the standards of the pupils’ abilities in specific historical skills such as:

  • asking thought provoking questions
  • thinking critically
  • making comparisons
  • drawing thoughts and opinions from a varied range of resources
  • working chronologically


We aim to increase the opportunities for the children to experience:

  • visits to museums and historical sites
  • rich history of our local community
  • using a wide and varied range of historical resources



Year Group

Topic 1

Topic 2

Topic 3


British History-*

Bonfire night

Remembrance Day

St Andrew’s Day (30th November)(REC)

St David’s Day (1st March) (REC)

St Patrick’s Day (17th March) (REC)

St George’s Day (23rd April)



Historic Celebrations-*

Chinese New Year

Valentine’s Day (REC)

Pancake Day

Easter celebrations

Shakespeare Week

New Life/ Human Growth(links to science in Spring 2 term)

Toys New and Old

My History-

Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and the lives of family members.


Holidays in the past

News- Weekend, half term


Year 1

Changes within living memory- Grandparents/ Parents/ Children- Coffee morning.

Significant historical events in the locality-


Changes/ events


Year 2

Events Beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally- The Great Fire of London, Remembrance, Guy Fawkes


Significant historical events, people and places in the locality- Emily Pankhurst

Significant people

National and International Explorers


Year 3


Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age




Ancient Egyptians

Year 4

Ancient Greece

Roman Empire




Year 5

The Vikings and Anglo Saxons

Mayan Civilisation




Year 6

A study of an aspect or theme in British History


Immigration and Emigration Local study




*taught as and when dates fall throughout the year



Horrible Histories




Imperial War Museum