We are historians at St Margaret Ward.

We teach history because it is essential for understanding the past, present and future, as well as helping children to determine decisions now and later in life.

Our children will develop a chronological understanding of significant events and people and will be exposed to the diversity of human experience which will aid their understanding of society today.

Throughout each year group, every child will develop a range of transferable skills including critical thinking, historical enquiry and understanding of core concepts.

Our children are given the opportunity to learn about ancient civilisations all the way up to the historical figures and events in the 20th Century. This broad range of knowledge will facilitate the discussion of morals and ethics in the context of the modern world.

Our History Policy (click on the link) gives more detail about how history is taught at St Margaret Ward.

In addition, below is the long-term plan of the history topics taught in the different year groups from Nursery to Year 6.

The SMW History curriculum is sequenced in chronological order and woven within this are our ‘golden threads’.

These are specifically chosen substantive concepts which will be revisited by children throughout KS1 and KS2. The ‘golden threads’ include diversity, settlements and civilisations and monarchy and power.

Children will build on previously taught learning and develop their understanding of each golden thread, looking at how they have changed over time.

The Progression Map below outlines the progression from Nursery to Year 6.