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St James

Primary School

Where children shoot for the stars and shine



(Why we teach History)

Children at St James are taught history to give them an insight to life in the past. Through a strong chronological underpinning, children explore different time periods in both British and world history and make comparisons to help explain what life was like and how things have changed. By making connections to the past and present, children will be better informed for their future. Children will use case studies into significant sites that provide artefacts that expose different elements of the past. Our curriculum will develop children to think critically and to formulate understanding by asking questions and weighing evidence to make judgements. Children will be supported to develop an understanding of the diversity of societies and the relationships between different groups to help develop their own identities and build resilience to current challenges.


Curriculum / Progress Map







My family and celebrations


Transport and the seaside

Year 1


Great Fire of London

Travel and transport

Year 2

Gunpowder plot

Significant Victorian people

World War 2 children

Year 3

Stone Age

Bronze Age to Iron Age

Ancient Egypt

Year 4


Anglo Saxons

The Maya

Year 5

The Vikings

Local History Study

Ancient Greece

Year 6

Early Islamic Civilization

World War 2

Societal changes in the last 100 years