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St Botolph’s Church of England Primary School

Celebrating Faith,
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St Botolph's Church of England Primary School



The history curriculum at St Botolph’s has been designed to be both knowledge-rich and coherently sequenced. This means not only substantive knowledge of historical events, dates and people in the past, but also knowledge of substantive concepts in history (such as ‘empire’, ‘monarchy’ and ‘civil war’), and disciplinary historical concepts (such as evidence, causation, significance and interpretation).

Our history curriculum allows children to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of local, British and world history. The substantive knowledge taught in the curriculum has been carefully chosen and sequenced using a largely chronological approach. Each unit of work should been seen as a chapter in the story of the history of Britain and the wider world.

Our curriculum supports children in making connections and building upon prior substantive and disciplinary knowledge.

The curriculum at St Botolph’s is balanced to enable children to look in some depth at local, national and world history, encouraging children to explore the connection between significant events and people and how they have influenced the modern world. The curriculum aims to ignite children’s love for history, preparing them with essential knowledge for Key Stage 3 and beyond. The units have been carefully chosen to cover as wide-ranging content as possible without compromising depth.