St. John's

Church of England Primary School

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History Learning Pathway at St John's

At St John’s C.E. Primary School our aim is to stimulate the children's interest and understanding about the past and to foster a love of history. We want our children to build a worthwhile understanding of British and World history and understand that the story of the past can be told in different ways. Children need to understand that history is created from the evidence that remains and that the process of being a historian is like trying to complete a jigsaw puzzle; there are lots of pieces, not all from one box. With this in mind we want the children at St John’s to understand the ‘Big Story’ of how the past has impacted people’s lives, our nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. Through our teaching we want the children to develop their understanding of key concepts which they will revisit as they go through the school; helping them to make connections and build understanding of the big story.


At St. John’s we want our children to become history detectives, hunting down clues and trying to solve a historical puzzle using the evidence available. During their time with us we want them to develop their chronological skills and learn how to make direct comparisons and connections between the historical periods they learn about from the topics that they experience.


The children will learn in a variety of ways, both in and outside the classroom and through cross curricular links with other subjects. Year groups will also enhance the children’s learning through trips, visitors, workshop days and by using a range of artefacts, sources and interpretations about the past.


As a school we believe “The more you know about your past, the better prepared you are for the future” T.Roosevelt”.