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St Vigor and St John Church School and The Mill Nursery

being adventurous,

being ethical,

being connected,

being unique


Our curriculum intent for History reflects the purpose and aims of the National Curriculum by helping our pupils to acquire knowledge and understanding of the past whilst developing their innate sense of curiosity. It connects them with the past. Pupils are inspired to explore History and make judgements for themselves. The curriculum breadth is adapted to the context of our school to celebrate its unique locality and develop pupils understanding of fundamental British values. It engages in the spiritual, moral and social development of real people and real places. Lessons are sequenced in long- and medium-term plans to help pupils build cumulative knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. The subject offers children a sense of chronology and through this children develop a sense of identity and cultural understanding based on their historical heritage.


The curriculum enhances pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past through an adventurous, investigatory approach. Children will ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement - enabling them to learn facts and acquire skills whilst at the same time deepening their own ethical thinking. The curriculum design helps pupils to read widely. They will use a range of research sources and develop a broad subject-specific vocabulary which is embedded at each year.

History at St Vigor and St John