History has always been held at St Michael’s CE Academy.  We pride ourselves on our creative learning environment and classroom displays. The history curriculum at St Michael’s makes full use of resources within the immediate and wider local area enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the history of their locality.

Topics are informed by the national curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area.

The history curriculum at St Michael’s is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy.  History is delivered as a discrete subject and wherever possible cross curricular links are exploited, particularly links with British values, our values based learning and RE/PSHCE.  However, teachers make it explicit to the children that they are learning history skills and encourage them to think like ‘historians.’

In line with the national curriculum 2014, the curriculum at St Michael’s aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past;
  • Are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement;
  • Begin to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. 


EYFS History Progression Document - Understanding the World

History Progression Document

Intent Implementation Impact

Long-term History Overview

Example Curriculum Mats - Was the Anglo-Saxon period really a Dark Age?

Example Curriculum Mats - Why do we remember the Great Fire of London?