St James Catholic

Primary School

In the loving peace, justice and joy of Jesus, we achieve.



History Intent

Pupils at St James' Catholic Primary School will leave KS2 as more established historians with a wide and detailed chronologically secure knowledge, sharper methods of enquiry and communication and a deeper understanding of more historic complex issues. They will have developed an historical perspective with the ability to integrate history’s key concepts. They will have a greater independence in applying these qualities and skills.

The content of the history curriculum is delivered chronologically with ancient and modern running parallel each other.

During KS1, children gain a strong sense of the past through their study of pre-history. The Ancient Ages provides a sharp contrast to modern living and makes comparing and historical interpretation easier.  The children gain an understanding of the necessity for social inter-dependency as they learn about the coming together of the first known civilisation. This is further developed during the KS2 programme of study where they continue to explore the characteristics and chronology of ancient civilisations and their impact on modern society. 

Alongside this, in EYFS and KS1, the children are introduced to the modern historical concepts of sovereignty, democracy and the rule of law, through stories of early kings and queens. Again, this is explored and developed throughout KS2 as they learn about the constant power shifts between the people, the monarchy and the church and the building of empires.

Across the curriculum in EYFS, KS1 and KS2, children are taught about the lives and successes of significant individuals in the past, who have contributed to national and international achievements and impacted on British culture. These include scientists, musicians, explorers and artists.

Our history curriculum is designed so that learning is cumulative. Layer upon layer of knowledge is built up to ensure children gain sufficient cultural capital to underpin and support the future retention of learning in KS3.


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Autumn 1



Ancient Greece

Life in Ancient Rome


AD 900

The Suffragettes

(1890 – 1919)

Autumn 2

Prehistoric World

Ancient Egyptians

Greek Philosophers

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Rome

The British Empire

World War I


Spring 1



Law and Power


James I

The Gunpowder Plot


The French Revolution


The Rise of Hitler and World War II


Spring 2

Kings, Queens, Leaders

Roman Britain

The War of the Roses


Charles I

The English Civil War


The Abolition of Slavery


World War II and the Holocaust





Henry III


Charles II

The Plague and Fire


The Industrial Revolution



The Cold War

(1945 to 1989)



Parliament and Prime Ministers

Anglo Saxons and Vikings


Tudor Monarchs


The Glorious Revolution


The Victorian Age


The Civil Rights Movement