At St Charles, we encourage children to develop an interest and appreciation about the past. Through our high-quality curriculum, we excite children to learn about the events that took place in the past that shaped our world today.


History influences all aspects of our lives. It shapes the customs and beliefs of the communities to which we belong.  It is important to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. We do this by teaching children a sense of chronology and developing their historical enquiry skills; through this they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage.  We encourage children to consider how people lived in the past and the impact of history on modern Britain, as we believe that this better prepares them to make their own life choices today.

Programme of Study

Nursery and Reception work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals. Once children exceed the Early Learning Goals or enter Year One, they begin to work towards the National Curriculum  (2013) end of stage Attainment Targets through the study of various topics in Key stage 1 and 2.

The Progression of Skills in History

There are five areas within the school’s Progression of Skills Framework, which include Historical Chronology, Historical Knowledge and understanding, Historical Interpretation, Historical Enquiry, and Historical Communication. As a school, we recognise that each of these areas is an important part of History education.

Teachers use the Progression of Skills Framework to ensure that learning experiences are appropriate for each student’s age and ability, and to ensure that all pupils are progressively building upon the essential skills needed to be successful in the History curriculum.   Teachers also use this framework to ensure that pupils of all attainment levels are making good or better progress within the History curriculum.

How can I help my child

  • Talk about how the world has changed since you were young;
  • Get them to ask their grandparents about their lives;
  • Visit museums and castles;
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  • Research history topics together before they start them at school.