Skip to content ↓

Curriculum Overview


The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.

  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind.

  • Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’.

  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, 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, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

At St Anselm’s through the history curriculum we aim to fire pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world and help them to appreciate our customs, beliefs and traditions and those of other cultures.

The history curriculum is taught through the topics;

Year 1 - First Flight, Black History, What was Life like when our grandparents were children? How our food changed over time.

Year 2 - Great Fire of London, Black History, Who are our Local Heroes? Who were the greatest explorers?

Year 3 - Stone Age, Black History, The Bronze and Iron Ages, How much did the Ancient Egyptians achieve?

Year 4 - The Romans, Black History, Victorians, Tudor Britain.

Year 5 - Anglo Saxons and the Vikings, Black History, World War one, Ancient Greeks.

Year 6 - World War Two - impact our local area, Black History, The Mayan Civilisation, How has communication changed over time?