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St Mary Bourne Primary School

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 “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey


The history curriculum promotes curiosity and a love for learning. It  encourages our children to become independent and resilient. 

We want to equip them with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the history National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. 

We enrich their time in our school with memorable experiences and provide opportunities, which pique their interests and passions. We firmly believe that it is not just about what happens in the classroom, it is about the added value we offer to really inspire our children. 


The history curriculum has been carefully planned and with learning opportunities for each class designed to ensure progression and embedding key learning, knowledge and skills. History subject specific skills, which we expect the children to demonstrate, are developed throughout the time they are at school.

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
  • The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
  • A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgements.
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.

Staff have developed long-term curriculum maps which identify when the different subjects and topics will be taught across the school. They link prior knowledge to new learning to deepen children’s learning. 


We use formative assessment in history lessons as part of our teaching and learning cycle. Staff use this information to inform their short-term planning and adapt their learning plans accordingly. This helps us provide the best possible support for all of our pupils, including the more able.