When the most recent curriculum was introduced by the government, the staff at Plympton St Maurice Primary School worked hard to ensure that History based themes were both fun and engaging for the children whilst covering the essential progression and learning required.
We are continually searching for ways to enhance our curriculum. As a result, over the last 2 years there have been some changes to the Humanities programme. Having attended courses and researched schemes in local schools, it was decided to use the Connect History schemes which were written by an ex teacher. These schemes have been adapted to our school so that the children have the very best experience when learning about these subjects.
Our Intent for our History Curriculum Our History curriculum is designed to meet the content requirements of the National Curriculum. There is a set amount of time specified for each year group. Through our historical lessons, children should be able to develop Life skills, Understanding, Nurture curiosity, Aspiration and Resilience.
Our Implementation for our History Curriculum
Our History curriculum encompasses:
Social and emotional learning,
Independent Personal learning and thinking,
Collaborative Learning and
Experience rich curriculum.
We cover key skills, with a focus on progression throughout each year group building on prior knowledge. Class teachers are accountable and have autonomy in how they deliver historical concepts, although it is planned in an order set out by the subject leader to provide coherence for pupils.
We use creative and engaging ideas to inspire historical interest in children, with a desire to find out more. Each year group has a progression map of key skills to embed throughout the school year. The key areas of learning in History are grouped as chronology, concepts, interpretation, enquiry and communication. The objectives set per year group are worked on throughout the year across each term.
The Impact of our History Curriculum
Through our History lessons, pupils should learn key vocabulary and be able to apply their Historical skills to a range of Historical enquiries. Specific skills will have been developed including:
Key stage 1
Key stage 2
Foundation Class (Squirrels)
Follow the Early Years’ programme which can be found on the school’s website.
Year 1 (Hawks)
Queen Elisabeth 1
Year 2 (Magpies)
The Great Fire of London
Year 3 (Hedgehogs)
The Stone Age
Year 4 (Swallows)
The Roman Empire
The Victorian Empire
Year 5 (Foxes)
Year 6 (Owls)
World war 2
Additional opportunities for History include visits linked to the class topic, such as Saltram House, Kent’s Caverns, and Buckfast Abby. We are lucky to have a fantastic local area to support the learning.
The School takes part in all significant events such as Remembrance day and events that will part of history such as the Royal weddings.