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Our Lady and St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School Part of the Mater Christi Multi-Academy Trust


Our History Curriculum

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently refreshing our History Curriculum, through the introduction of a new scheme of work. 


This is being introduced from the second half of the Spring Term, into the Summer Term of 2024.


New topics have been carefully selected to ensure continuity and progression with our existing scheme, and avoid any repetition or omission in the required elements of the curriculum.


The full scheme will be in place from the start of the new academic year 2024-2025, and all plans and supporting information will be updated below, accordingly.

Planning & Progression in History

History Long Term Plan

Progression of Skills in History

National Curriculum Programme of Study - History

Our History Curriculum 
We offer the children a broad and balanced curriculum which builds on their knowledge, skills and understanding of history each year.


Through the use of visitors & visits, quality texts, drama and historical evidence, children will leave Our Lady & St Patrick's with an understanding of how beliefs and cultures affect people's actions.  

Using Our Local Area


As far as possible, we use our local environment to investigate its historical connections through time. We provide carefully planned opportunities to explore the town’s rich Roman and Victorian heritage, along with its maritime and sea-faring traditions and links to wider historical events, such as The sinking of The Titanic! We even visit a local stone circle, to discover more about some of the earliest British civilisations. 

Through these hands-on learning opportunities, children gain a deepening understanding of why events have happened and what we can learn as a society from these periods in history.


As they progress in their study of history, children will also develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people and will be able to talk about their impact on our world today. 


Please see our Long Term Plan for History, along with an overview of the progression in skills in History, for learners at Our Lady & St Patrick's, at the top of this page. Also, please check our class pages to see what each year group has been learning! 

Local History Walk - How has Maryport changed over time? 

Our Vision Statement - History


History fires children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world and helps them to understand the diversity of human experience.


It provides them with the ability to empathise with others, argue a point of view and reach their own conclusions - essential skills that are prized in adult life. 
At Our Lady & St Patrick's, we aim to: 

  • Develop a broad historical and cultural awareness in children
  • Provide opportunities for children to develop a chronological framework by investigating the past and how it influences the present
  • Encourage children to interrogate evidence and form their own opinions
  • Enable children to communicate their view points in a variety of ways using appropriate vocabulary
  • Explore a range of sources of information
  • Foster enjoyment, empathy and curiosity for finding out about the past. 


Inclusive Practice

Have a look at some of our 'real life' history experiences!