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At St Ann’s Heath, we know that the teaching and learning of history plays an essential part in preparing our children for living in the modern world by teaching them skills that will be essential throughout their lives. We know that 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 inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. At St Ann’s Heath, our teaching equips pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement while also encouraging our children 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 recognise that depth of understanding of historical knowledge and skills is paramount which is why we teach history through our creative curriculum to allow children to make meaningful links within and between subject areas which encourages learning to stick.


  • Instil a curiosity and understanding of events, places and people in a variety of times and environments.
  • Develop an interest in the past and an appreciation of human achievements and aspirations.
  • Develop an appreciation of how events in history impact the modern world in both a positive and sometimes controversial way.
  • Encourage children to have a secure chronological understanding of the periods in history covered.
  • Understand how the past was different from the present and that people of other times and places may have had different values and attitudes from ours.
  • Understand the nature of evidence by emphasising the process of enquiry and by developing the range of skills required to interpret primary and secondary source materials.
  • Provide learning opportunities that allow the children to question, interpret and analyse a range of historical evidence to inform their judgements about the past.
  • Give children the ability to ask and answer historically valid questions drawing upon their extensive base of historical knowledge, skills and vocabulary.


  • Integration of historical topics into units of learning as part of our creative curriculum.
  • High quality resources are used to support teaching and learning including the local environment, visuals, photographs, artefacts, written materials and IT materials.
  • Explore and make links to local history across the units that our children study. For example, in Year 6, the topic of Victorians links to local history and children are able to explore and learn more about local Victorian history and buildings, as well as identifying how the local area has changed over time.
  • Enrichment experiences (for example, Y5 Hooke Court Residential and Y3 Egyptian day) provide an engaging and interactive experience of history learning allowing our children to build on their growing understanding.
  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history.
  • Planned opportunities to ask, answer and evaluate historically valid questions.
  • Provide opportunities to construct informed responses about historical events using a range of sources.
  • Opportunities to learn and understand historical vocabulary and abstract terms.