Children at St John Baptist primary school enjoy a variety of British and World History topics. We challenge children to think critically about events and evidence, examine sources and develop evidence-based judgements. Children learn about the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, and their own identity and the challenges of their time.

We want our children to understand how the past has helped shape the present so they are provided with many opportunities to engage in historical enquiry, develop a chronological narrative of events and explore historical concepts such a continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance.

The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world


  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind


  • Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’


  • Understand historical concepts and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses


  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed