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St Giles' Catholic Primary School

Part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Grow in Faith and Love

"In knowing Jesus, we seek to fulfil our God-given potential. We value every person as we look beyond ourselves in a spirit of charity, forgiveness and honesty"




In Foundation stage we start investigating our ‘Personal History’ including our families. In key stage 1 we learn about

  • Changes within living memory;
  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements,
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality


In key stage 2 we find out about

  • ‘Early Civilisations’ such as The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain,
  • Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age,
  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots,
  • The achievements of the earliest civilizations,
  • Ancient Greece,
  • The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor,
  • A non-European society that contrasts with British history,
  • A study of British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
  • Local history


Learning is rooted in enquiry alongside teachers promoting historical thinking and the acquisition of historical knowledge and understanding, including chronological understanding. By learning important aspects of local, national and world events and the histories of cultures other than their own, our children are able to relate to others, identify themes and understand why things needed to change.
Our History curriculum allows children to look at in depth studies as well as taking a broad overview of themes of interest to them whilst developing a curiosity to set them up for future studies beyond Primary History.  



National Curriculum - History

Curiculum Plan - History