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From ‘Understanding the World’ in EYFS, to then applying this understanding throughout our sequential History curriculum at St John’s, children are given opportunities to develop skills of enquiry, a sense of chronology and understand their cultural heritage. Learning is advanced in a progressive approach throughout EYFS and the Primary phases at St John’s to ensure that essential knowledge and skills are taught, developed and learnt – to make them ‘stick’.  

At St John's we are historians. 

What is our intent?

At St John’s we aim to:

  • Promote in children an interest in the past and develop understanding that will enable them to be engaged with History. 
  • Enable children to know about significant events in British History and appreciate how things have changed over time.
  • Develop a sense of chronology.
  • Understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture and to study some aspects of European History.
  • Have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world.
  • To help children understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage.
  • Develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation.

How do we implement this aim?

  • Links to other subjects.
  • Development of skills and empathy.
  • Examining artefacts.
  • Using secondary and primary sources.
  • Adapted to a local context.
  • Skills taught through the National curriculum and corresponding Key Stage
  • Inclusion.

What impact does this have?

  • Through planning: objectives set and assessment identified.
  • Post learning assessment tool.
  • Assessment tool grid.
  • Vocabulary used.