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If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach, please contact the school office directly and the office staff will pass your enquiry on to the relevant Curriculum Leader.

History Curriculum Leader: Mrs Hindle

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach, please contact the school office directly and the office staff will pass your enquiry on to the relevant Curriculum Leader.


We aim to ensure that all pupils will be engaged, motivated and encouraged to become young historians. We want children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.

Expectations for all pupils are high and we aim for pupils to master at least age-related expectations.

At the heart of History at St Michael's is the desire to support all pupils to work historically through enquiry and this investigative approach, which is the fundamental principle underlying the design of every enquiry.

The history curriculum at St Michael’s is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy. In line with the national curriculum 2014, the curriculum at St Michael’s aims to ensure that all pupils: Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past; Are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement; Begin 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.


We streamlined and refocused the knowledge and skills of History Connect Collins Scheme and further strengthened it with additional online resources such as those from the Historical Association of which we are a member and learning quizzes for recap and reviews from Oak Academy. The long term overview seeks to identify the most relevant and meaningful aspects of the subject content of the National Curriculum in history to explore in depth, rather than providing a more traditional approach that attempts a fully comprehensive coverage at the expense of subject rigour and the development of core subject concepts and skills.

This scheme also makes explicit links to all other areas of curriculum. In particular, oracy, literacy and numeracy.

Pupils are also given access to museum resources to help bring history alive. Pupils are also given opportunities to visit Museums.

Although we are using a scheme, we implement the scheme according to the needs of the class. Teachers will adapt the planning in order to suit the needs of the class. This maybe through the resources used or how the information is presented.


Assessment is via Balance an online assessment program. On Balance KPI's linked to History Knowledge and Skills have been selected by the subject leader for each historical topic. These objectives ensure that historical skills as well as content are covered based on the National Curriculum.

Workbook scrutiny is conducted by the subject leader. This is sometimes accompanied by the head teacher.

Each term, the subject leader provides a report that analyses data for progress and attainment. From this, threads of enquiry are followed up by the subject leader.




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