“In our history lessons, we aim to inspire and ignite pupils’ curiosity of the history of the world, by equipping them to be critical thinkers who understand how societies and people’s lives have changed over time and the lasting impact these have had on the world today.”

Mrs Parish (History Lead)


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 stimulate 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.

The Big Ideas

Within the history curriculum, we focus on 6 big ideas:

Significance: children will look at the significance of events and individuals, examining cause and effect and decisions made.

Comparison: children will describe life in a different period, comparing and contrasting civilisations, leadership, beliefs, lifestyles and significant events.

Change: children will study changes over time, British History and chronology.

Humankind: children will look at everyday life in a past society and study different civilisations, looking at people, culture, art, politics, hierarchy and power.

Place: children will study local history, looking at the importance of local events, people and places.

Investigation: children will use artefacts and sources to find out information about the past. They will ask and answer questions and make conclusions.

National Curriculum Coverage

At St Botolph’s we aim to stimulate the children’s curiosity and understanding about Britain’s past and that of the wider world through the encouragement of posing their own historical questions and thinking critically about the subject, and through the use of artefacts, day trips, visitors, drama, stories and art and craft activities. Download our ‘Curriculum Coverage’ document if you wish to find out about the objectives covered in a specific year group.


Skills and knowledge within the curriculum are separated into ‘milestones’. Each Milestone contains a range of descriptors that support the children’s progression within the subject. Download our ‘Milestones’ document to see the skills expected within each milestone.