‘People without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots’    Marcus Garvey

Whole School Vision 

We aim to develop the knowledge; skills and attributes children need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. At St Nicholas Catholic Primary School, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is at the heart of our school ethos and links closely to our Christian values. When taught well, PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life


Our Vision


At St Nicholas Catholic Primary School, the teaching of history will enable children to develop a secure chronological narrative of the history of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our History curriculum will ensure all children have secure knowledge and understanding of the history of the United Kingdom with children understanding how people’s lives have shaped the nation. Children will also gain an understanding of how Britain has influenced and has been influenced by the wider world.  Children will gain knowledge and understanding of significant aspects of the history of the wider world. They will learn about the nature of ancient civilisations, the expansion and dissolution of empires and about characteristic features of past non-European societies. Children will also learn about the achievements and follies of mankind. 

Through the teaching of History, children will develop their understanding of historical vocabulary and abstract terms. Children will be taught how to carry out historical enquiries and how to frame historical valid questions. They will understand how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims. Children will be taught to make connections and draw contrasts between historical periods. They will analyse trends and use their literacy skills to create their own structured accounts. Throughout the teaching of History, children will be asked to recognise how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed. Children will gain historical perspective and will be confident in understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history. 

Within History, children will use high quality fiction and non-fiction texts to learn about key features of events and about the lives of people living in different periods. First-hand learning experiences such as topic boxes and educational visits will be used to enrich children’s learning of history and promote awe and wonder. Where possible, the local area and our local community will be used as a source to find out about the past. During the teaching of History, children will develop compassion and respect for the lives of those living in the past.


Intent Implementation Impact


At St Nicholas we are committed to providing a curriculum for all where every child grows: 


  • Academically 
  • Socially 
  • Morally 
  • In aspiration 
  • To be prepared for the next phase in their academic journey and be spiritually nourished.  


To achieve excellence in all that they do in the knowledge that we love one another as God loves you. 

To have half termly block lessons on History


Purposeful lesson and activities that include learning beyond the classroom.


Enthusiastic teaching and modelling


Consistent approach to all topics


Opportunities to ‘recap and recall’ learning and reflect on their previous learning.


Well-resourced lessons including primary and secondary sources.


Workshops /experience days

Children to talk confidently, demonstrating a good understanding  about key aspects of their

History based learning.


To understand how key events and significant historical persons have shaped our world.


Children to know how to rely on primary and secondary sources to support enquiry


Children are excited to learn about History


Humanities long term plan