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A highquality 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.
(National Curriculum 2014)

Intent Statement

Our aim at St. Gabriel’s is to provide a high quality History curriculum which will help our pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s history, their locality and the history of the wider world. Our curriculum aims to inspire and challenge our pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. The units of work ensure broad coverage of all National Curriculum History objectives and ensures our pupils develop the use of historical enquiry, as well as a focus on the acquisition and application of key subject knowledge, concepts and vocabulary.

In Early Years, children will learn to foster an understanding of past and present, along with a recognition of a culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world, through the Understanding the World area of learning.

Intended Impact

During the children’s learning journey at St Gabriel’s, our intended impact of the History Curriculum is to ensure that children:

  • Learn key historical concepts of change over time, chronology, consequence and viewpoint
  • Understand the complexity of people’s lives and the process of change
  • Recognise their own identity and the challenges of their time.
  • Are able to question events from the past and consider how these have impacted us in the present day.
  • Experience a broad and balanced curriculum with progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills.



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Pupil Views

I think Ibn Battuta was the greatest explorer. He lived a long time ago and I think Sunita Williams is a great explorer today. She’s an astronaut and she was in space for 195 days.

Year 1

I think London was made a better place because the buildings were previously made of wood and then they rebuilt the houses and cathedral out of bricks so fires couldn’t spread like that again.

Year 2

Holidays overtime have changes because a long time ago people use to write letters to the hotels to stay in them and today we just use the internet; people go on aeroplanes and visit hot countries and a long time ago they stayed at home.

Year 2

The Egyptians actually did quite a lot... they built the pyramids, they were very disciplined, they had the longest lasting civilisation, they invented hieroglyphs to write and they used the River Nile to transport and trade goods.

Year 4

The Greeks' legacy includes food, inventing hot chocolate and maths. They studied the stars... astronomy. They followed the stars as a guide to find and gather food.

Year 6