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History fires pupils' curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. At St Bartholomew’s we teach history through a number of local and thematic topics.

The school follows the National Curriculum for History, which is specified by the Department for Education.


Purpose of study – National Curriculum (NC), 2014


A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.


Follow this link for a more detailed coverage of the full NC ‘Programme of study’.

National curriculum in England: history programmes of study - GOV.UK (


Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised their politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people's actions. Children learn to ask questions and consider evidence from multiple sources. This begins to inform children's opinions about the modern world. 


The documents listed below, build on the National Curriculum and summary information here and provide a more detailed view of our expectations and intent for the provision of this subject, including curriculum coverage.