English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ


We aim to help our children understand how they are a part of History and to inspire their curiosity to know more about the past. We encourage our children to explore the past and make links to the present and to realise how this has helped to shape their lives today. They learn about everyday life, work, leisure, and the culture of people living in the past. They investigate changes in their own lives and in those of their family. They learn about the lives of famous people and about significant events in the history of Great Britain and selected parts of the world.


In Early Years Foundation Stage, the children begin to learn about the past following the People and communities aspect of the Understanding the World area of Learning and Development. They are encouraged to talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.


In Key Stage 1 the children are taught to use common words and phrases relating to the passing of time and they begin to develop a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They are encouraged to ask and answer questions and begin to understand some of the ways the past is represented.


In Key Stage 2 the children continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding. They look at connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They are encouraged to give informed responses and develop their understanding of how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.