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At Stanburn we follow the History National Curriculum which explains the purpose of study as:

A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils 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.’


Our aim at Stanburn Primary School is to encourage pupils to develop an appreciation and understanding of the past. Our history curriculum is designed to cover all of the skills, knowledge and understanding as set out in the National curriculum. We aim for students to develop a well-rounded knowledge of the past and its events, with the intention of improving every student’s cultural capital, understanding of the world around them and their own identity. History at Stanburn aims to be ambitious, engaging and motivating. Ambitious in our broad coverage of historical periods and thorough teaching of historical skills. Motivating through engaging activities, trips and visitors that give all students an opportunity to question and investigate the past.

At Stanburn Primary School, we have designed our history curriculum with the intent that our children will:


At Stanburn Primary School the implementation of history lessons is carefully considered so that children can use and apply their historical knowledge and skills in a range of contexts. Staff will model explicitly the use of subject-specific vocabulary, knowledge and skills relevant to the learning. Lessons will start by posing a question such as ‘Did King Alfred deserve the title great?’ which the children will then go on to investigate. Children take an active role in all lessons and demonstrate a progression of skills and knowledge being built. The lessons use historically specific vocabulary and are differentiated so that all children can access the learning taking place and have an appropriate level of challenge. Teachers build in time to revise previous concepts taught, allowing information to become embedded into long term memory.


Children will experience a comprehensive history curriculum which allows them to become ‘master historians’ and develop a deep understanding and passion for the subject. This includes becoming aware of and knowledgeable about various historical days/celebrations e.g. Black History Month, Armistice Day etc. Pupils are confident and able to talk about what they have learnt in history using subject specific vocabulary. Pupils enjoy history and are able to recall their learning over time. Work is of a high standard and demonstrates pupils are acquiring knowledge, skills and vocabulary in an appropriate sequence. They will have a good foundation of knowledge and skills ready for when they leave Stanburn Primary School to continue their educational journey into high school and beyond.

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