Our History Leader is Mrs Finney –

When I became History leader at St. Peters’, I was so excited – I have always loved the subject and our local area is full of amazing History that we can all learn from. What an exciting journey we are on!

History is all around us.

At St. Peters’ we value, and are dedicated to, the teaching and learning of all aspects regarding History; we see this as a fundamental part of school life. We believe that by providing a curriculum rich in History, we can contribute to the quality of our children’s lives, both within and beyond school.

At St. Peters’ we are all Historians. This is what our children have said,

  • “I love History! When I am older, I want a job to do with History.” Year 4 pupil
  • “I love finding out about the past, it is where we came from.” Year 2 pupil.

Intent – How do we teach History?

Our Historical aim is for all children have an understanding of key periods in History and to learn to ask questions about why things have happened in the past and the impact of those events.

To build on their prior knowledge and use their skills in enquiry, analysis, evaluation, and argument.

To develop their interest in the past, arousing their curiosity and motivation to learn.

This vision is achieved by:

  • A curriculum that builds on an understanding of chronology/key periods
  • A curriculum that promotes children’s curiosity and a desire to ask questions
  • A curriculum that develops an appreciation of the influences of the past Intent.

At St. Peters’ we believe History stimulates the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. We aim for the children to develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. The local environment, which is rich in History, is used for study when appropriate. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach the children to investigate these past events and, by so doing, develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem solving. We encourage the children to express their own opinions about events in the past.

The primary curriculum for History aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the History of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the History of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international History; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social History; and between short- and long-term timescale

This vision is achieved by:

  • A curriculum that builds on an understanding of chronology/key periods
  • A curriculum that promotes children’s curiosity and a desire to ask questions
  • A curriculum that develops an appreciation of the influences of the past

Historical Vocabulary.

We believe that historical vocabulary is related to a child’s success in the subject, and we aim to increase the breadth of pupils’ vocabulary. Therefore, we follow a whole school progression tracker. We ensure the vocabulary makes us speak and learn like a Historian.

History is all around us look at all the special things we have taken part in.

At St. Peters’ we are all historians.

Year 6 have enjoyed investigating the Egyptians, they linked their learning to Art –

What a fun way to learn about the Great Fire of London for Year 2 –

Remembrance Day 2020.

Due to COVID restrictions, we could not remember the soldiers who fought for us to live peacefully as a Whole School. So together, in our class bubbles we all produced part of an amazing Remembrance display. Each class bubble visited it throughout the day for prayer and quiet reflection. We also thought about the families affected by COVID during this time.


Making History fun!

We enjoy making History fun and being creative. Here are just a few of our exciting and engaging lessons.

Year 5 went to Hanley Museum and designed and made Greek pots.

Year 3 had fun cave painting. They used sandpaper and sticks!

Year 1 are learning about toys in the past. Their class text is Old Bear. They wrote to the author Jane Hissey who promised to write back!


Home Learning Project during COVID19.

We took part in the ‘My Home is My Museum’ project. The children thought about the historical skills and vocabulary, and produced videos to share their ideas. The children were so confident in their knowledge and understanding.

VE Day 2020.

The teachers made a VE video to share and all the children wore red, white or blue at home. We Remember them.


Year 2 looked at the history of transport using timelines.

Year 3 made a human time line!

Whole school assemblies.

Year 3 and 4 held a special liturgy about WW2 –

Trips and theme days.

Year 1 couldn’t go to Stafford castle, because of COVID19 so we bought the castles to the classroom!

Year 6 enjoyed the RAF museum –


We remembered the soldiers who fought for us – Remembrance Day.

We painted Greek pots in Year 5 –

We dressed up as Victorians in Year 4 –

Year 2 visited Brampton Museum to learn about Florence Nightingale –

Year 6 enjoyed WW2 food –

Local History.

Year 3 visited the local museum in Hanley –

Year 3 and 4 visited a pottery museum and read our poetry by the pottery bank –

Year 3 visited a local pottery museum – Middleport pottery –

We would love you to continue your learning at home –

Whole School: