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At St Bernadette, we believe that History is vital to a rich and broad primary education. It helps pupils to make sense of the present as well as the past, and to appreciate the complexity and diversity of human societies and development. Plan Bee offers a sequence of lessons to help teachers ensure they have progressively covered the skills and concepts required in the National Curriculum. We aim to develop historical skills and concepts which are transferable to whatever period of history is being studied and will equip children for future learning. These key historical skills and concepts, are revisited throughout different topics from the history of Britain and the wider world. Pupils will gain secure chronological knowledge. This is pupils’ knowledge of broad developments and historical periods, and their ‘mental timeline’ of the past. This knowledge supports pupils to place their learning in context both in history and across other subjects.


Skills covered in our History Curriculum:

  • Chronological understanding. 
  • To know the significant events, which had an impact on the wider world. 
  • Develop their ability to understand new terms.
  • Use and understand methods of historical enquiry to develop their understanding of topics.


On leaving St Bernadette a successful learner in History will:

  • Have improved chronological knowledge of events as well as being able to make links between different periods and comparisons with modern day.
  • Have looked at key figures within a time period and the artefacts which they are able to see from this period. 
  • Have studied a variety of periods and events in time, being able to paint a picture of what life might have been like. 
  • Have looked at artefacts to develop their understanding of historical inquiry, enabling them to make links with their own society and the modern world. 
  • Through outdoor learning experiences, they will have further developed their understanding of historical enquiry, looking at artefacts and structures that still exist today.  
  • Developed technical vocabulary and a greater understanding of historical terms.
  • Have the confidence to look at aspects of the wider world and the impact on the modern world.
  • Have an understanding of different historical periods, the ability to discuss sources and conduct independent research, forming their own supported opinion of an event. 
  • Be able to use historical enquiry to look at artefacts from different time periods and understand the chronology of different events and eras through history.