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United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) articles supported by our History curriculum:

Success In History

History at St Mary's 


At St Mary's, we aim for our History Curriculum to inspire children to be curious about the past and to think and act as historians.

Our History Curriculum allows children to:

  • Investigate and interpret the past.
  • Understand chronology.
  • Build a secure overview of Britain's past, as well as that of the wider world.
  • Communicate effectively using acquired historical vocabulary.
  • Make judgements from primary and secondary sources.
  • Gain a sense of personal and national identity. 
  • Develop a sense of what it means to be human.
  • Appreciate difference and similarity and significance. 
  • Develop a sense of continuity and change. 
  • Appreciate different cultures, periods and times.
  • Develop the social and intellectual skills to analyse and interpret the situations that children find themselves in. 


  • At St Mary's, the teaching and implementation of the History Curriculum is based on the National Curriculum, and supported by 'Progression in History' ladders. These ladders (which are uploaded on this page) ensure a well-structured approach to progression in history. 
  • Using the National Curriculum as a guide, our History Curriculum has been broken down across year groups from Nursery to Year 6, to ensure good coverage of knowledge, concepts and skills. 
  • The children are taught History termly and in Key Stage 2, topics are taught in chronological order across the key stage to ensure the children have a coherent knowledge of the past. 
  • Each topic draws on prior knowledge and makes links/comparisons/contrasts to other topics or eras previously taught. 


History Progression Ladders

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