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The History curriculum at The John Moore Primary School has been built to inspire; to allow children to SHARE in experiences and encourage them to SPARKLE when showcasing their learning. 

Our History Curriculum makes full use of resources within the immediate and wider local area, enabling our pupils to develop a deep understanding and embedded life-long knowledge of the rich history of their locality. Topics are informed by the National Curriculum and are sensitive to pupil’s interests, as well as the context of the rich and diverse local area.  


In line with the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum, the curriculum at The John Moore Primary and Little Foxes Pre School aims to ensure that all pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. This gives our pupils an understanding of 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 is to allow pupils to SOAR; to develop historical skills and concepts which are transferable to whatever period of history is being studied and equip children for future learning. These key historical skills and concepts, which are revisited throughout different units, are:  

Historical Interpretations; Historical Investigations; Chronological Understanding; Knowledge and Understanding of Events, People and Changes in the Past; Presenting, Organising and Communicating.  


The coverage of recent history in KS1 enables children to acquire an understanding of time, events and people in their memory and their parents’ and grandparents’ memories. The intent in lower KS2 is that children can work in chronological order from ancient history and then progress onto more modern history. Upper KS2 allows children to repeat and embed this sequence of chronology with a wider selection of ancient history through to more modern history. The repeat in KS2 of chronological order from ancient to modern allows for children to truly develop and embed a sense of time and how civilisations were interconnected. Children start to understand how some historical events occurred concurrently in different locations, e.g. Ancient Egypt and the Stone Age. 


Our pupils achieve a depth of knowledge and learning in History through effective planning, teaching and experiences. Children are able to revisit key facts and information on a regular basis through retrieval activities and these ensure that the knowledge is ingrained in their long-term memory. The key knowledge and skills of each topic have been identified and consideration has been given to ensure progression throughout the school. By the end of Year 6, pupils will have a chronological understanding of History from the Stone Age to the present day. They will be able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives.  


Our commitment to ensure all of our pupils STRIVE to reach their potential in History is supported by a number of enhancements activities including trips, visitors and artefacts boxes. Through our History Curriculum, children are able celebrate the history, diversity and cultural wealth of the school’s wider community. Children are able contribute to national historical events such as Remembrance Day, Jubilee and Coronations and are also given the opportunity to learn about the heritage of their local area, for example the Battle of Tewkesbury. With the combination of both world and local history topics, we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of history and understand how it has shaped the world they live in.  

Key Documents 

History National Curriculum Programme of Study 

The John Moore Primary School Geography Curriculum Map - Reception and Key Stage 1 

The John Moore Primary School Geography Curriculum Map - Key Stage 2 

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