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St Columba's Catholic Primary School

Every Person is Precious to God


History Intent and Implementation

‘We are not makers of History, we are made by History’- Martin Luther King Jr


At St Columba’s, we believe that History is an integral part of learning about ourselves and the world around us. We provide a stimulating curriculum which inspires learners to explore their curiosity about Britain and the world’s past; and how it has influenced our lives today. 

Our rich curriculum enables children to know more, remember more and understand more through careful planning of sticky knowledge. This coherent knowledge can be applied throughout their journey into becoming enthusiastic Historians. Children have a secure understanding of their learning, causing learners to make connections through a historical timeline, ask perceptive questions and understand the diversities of societies and relationships. 

We want all of our children to develop a chronological awareness of our History, which encompasses enriching experiences, inside and outside the classroom.


We follow the Learning Challenge Curriculum, which meets the statutory and non-statutory elements of the National Curriculum. However, a teachers’ planning is not limited by the scheme as they are able to use a wide range of resources, which may be necessary for their learning intentions.  In Key Stage 1, History is taught in 9 week units and in Key Stage 2 it is taught in 10 week units, alternating with Geography units. 

All of our learning starts by revisiting previous sticky knowledge and understanding where the next unit fits chronologically. This is accomplished through pre-learning tasks, which are completed 2 weeks before the start of a new unit. Before new knowledge is taught in a lesson, a learning review is completed to discuss the last lesson’s sticky knowledge. Every couple of weeks, children will have a post-learning check, to consolidate the sticky knowledge they have learnt so far. The check could happen in a range of different ways, such as quizzes and mind mapping. Each unit has a knowledge mat, which the children are able to constantly refer to. The knowledge mats include subject-specific vocabulary and their definitions. Teachers model how to use this vocabulary and the relevance to the unit. 

Every History unit aims to include a timeline to be  able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods. The periods studied include both British History and International History, such as the ancient civilizations of Baghdad and the Egyptians. Also, children are able to study significant people in History, understanding how their lives have influenced the wider world.

We are fortunate to be located in the heart of Bradford, which has an extensive, fascinating History. The History curriculum focuses on our local History, allowing learners to understand their own identity and notably link Bradford’s history to national and international events. 

Progression of Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge Mats