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History intent

At St John’s, our intention in History is to encourage pupils to develop an appreciation and understanding of the past, through investigating and evaluating a range of primary and secondary sources. Our historians will also be able to explain clearly how these sources help us to understand chronology, gain an insight an overview of the history of British and the wider world history including how people from the past used to live and how these interpretations may differ. Pupils will be taught to make links between these areas of learning, with the aim of developing engaged, motivated and curious learners that can reflect on the past, communicate historically and make meaningful links to the present day.


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Our high quality curriculum enables pupils to develop the following essential characteristics to help them become historians:

  • Secure knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past;
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences using historical knowledge and vocabulary;
  • The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources;
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry;
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning;
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake highquality research across a range of history topics;
  • A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
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