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Subject Leader: Mrs Lawson


The structure and sequence of our history curriculum  is progressive and carefully sequenced: in the periods studied (chronologically), as well as the substantive and disciplinary knowledge selected.

History Curriculum Statement


Our Lady of Compassion’s History scheme of work aims to inspire pupils to be curious and creative thinkers who develop a complex knowledge of local and national history and the history of the wider world. We want pupils to develop the confidence to think critically, ask questions, and be able to explain and analyse historical evidence. 


Through our scheme of work, we aim to build an awareness of significant events and individuals in global, British and local history and recognise how things have changed over time. History will 

support children to appreciate the complexity of people’s lives, the diversity of societies and the 

relationships between different groups. Studying History allows children to appreciate the many 

reasons why people may behave in the way they do, supporting children to develop empathy for 

others while providing an opportunity to learn from mankind’s past mistakes. Our Lady of Compassion’s History scheme aims to support pupils in building their understanding of chronology in each year group, making connections over periods of time and developing a chronologically-secure knowledge of History. 


We hope to develop pupils’ understanding of how historians study the past and construct accounts and the skills to carry out their own historical enquiries. 


In order to prepare pupils for their future learning in History, our scheme aims to introduce them to key substantive concepts including power, invasion, settlement and migration, empire, civilisation, religion, trade, achievements of humankind, society and culture. 


Our Lady of Compassion’s History scheme of work enables pupils to meet the end of Key stage attainment targets in the National curriculum and the aims also align with those set out in the National curriculum. 


We are currently collaborating with Formby Primary School to create a History/Geography local study, which will aim to produce a leaflet as well as an informative website for visitors to Formby. The collective schools are working with Formby Civic Society and Historic England so there is a wealth of accurate information and also a development in the skills being taught so when the children leave Our Lady’s, they will have a very good understanding of their local area and a sense of belonging.

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