At Christ Church Primary School, we believe in inspiring all children to want to know more about the past, igniting their curiosity and providing them with historical knowledge and skills to encourage them to think and act as historians. To develop history as a discipline, children need to utilise both their historical knowledge of names, dates and facts, alongside their historical skills of evaluating, comparing and interpreting.

Learning is linked to a range of topics and children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, establish an overview of Britain’s history as well as that of the wider world, understand chronology and to communicate historically. Our children will build on their prior learning and therefore extend their understanding of historical periods of time whilst drawing comparisons and making connections between the different time periods.

Alongside this, our history curriculum has been organised using several key themes within each of the history topics throughout the year groups:

  • Settlements
  • Legacy
  • Conflict
  • Social, cultural and change

Curriculum Map




Children in Reception will:

  • Comment on images of familiar situations in the past.
  • Compare and contrast characters from stories, including figures from the past.
  • Talk about the lives of people around them and their roles
    in society. 
  • Know some similarities and differences between things in the
    past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been
    read in class.
  • Understand the past through settings, characters and events
    encountered in books read in class and storytelling.

Key Stage 1

The children within KS1 will secure a firm foundation of knowledge and understanding on:

  • The world around them and their living memory of history before moving to events that go beyond living history.
  • The lives of significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements.
  • Key events in the past that are significant nationally and globally, particularly those that coincide with festivals or other events that are commemorated throughout the year.
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Key Stage 2

The History curriculum is set out in chronological order to reference the previous events in time and to refer to this prior learning year on year and within the year. The progression of skills is set out in order to build and develop the following:

  • Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past
  • Connection and historical links
  • Interpretation of history 
  • Historical skills and enquiry
  • Children are taught the sequence of knowledge and lessons will develop long term memory by allowing for repetition of learning year on year 
  • Key vocabulary is taught within the topic and reinforced subsequently. 

History Embedded Knowledge


History Progression of Skills


Remembrance Day 2023


King Charles' Coronation Celebrations

Heritage Schools Award

School have been presented with the Heritage Schools Award, recognising all of the topics we are studying around our local history. Take a look at some examples of our work.


Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Knowledge Organisers

Integral to our high-quality curriculum, children use knowledge organisers to help develop a deeper understanding and to perform increasingly complex skills. Introduced at the beginning of a topic we use them as a point of reference throughout to help children gain, retain and build the knowledge and skills as set out in our well sequenced history curriculum.