Sandon JMI School

Learning, Resilience, Independence



We want history to bring the past to life while at the same time giving all students a broad and balanced view of the history of Britain and other societies and epochs. In this way students will develop a well-rounded knowledge of the past and its events, with the intention of improving every students cultural capital, understanding of the world around them and their own heritage. History at Sandon JMI School aims to be ambitious and motivating. Ambitious in our coverage of history and thorough teaching of historical skills. Children are given the opportunity to experience engaging activities, trips and visitors that give all students an opportunity to question the past.


At Sandon JMI School, we have designed our history curriculum with the intent that our children will:

· Become increasingly critical and analytical thinkers

· Possess a secure understanding of the chronology of the British Isles and other important periods of history

· To discover links and connections to the history they learn and the wider community and locality

· Further their knowledge and explanations of change and continuity over time 

· Differentiate between source types and explain how interpretations in history may differ

· Draw on similarities and differences within given timeframes and across previously taught history



In EYFS, the historical skills focus on the pupils' own history and explores some similarities and differences between things now and in the past.

In KS1, the Historical skills will focus on the world around them and their living memory of history before moving to events that go beyond living history. This will ensure a firm foundation for KS2 History.

In KS2, the History curriculum is set out to develop a chronological secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. Teachers combine overview and in depth studies to help pupils understand both the long arc of development and the complexity of specific aspects of the History content.

The progression of skills is set out in order to build and develop the following:

Chronological Understanding

Historical Investigation and Enquiry

Historical Interpretations

Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past

Connection and Historical Links

Interpretations of History and Historical perspective


Lessons will develop long-term memory by allowing for revisiting of learning.

Sandon JMI History Skills Progression Map


Children will become increasingly critical and analytical within their thinking. Making informed and balanced judgements based on their knowledge of the past.

Children will become increasingly aware of how historical events have shaped the world that they currently live in.

They will also have a further understanding of history on a local level.

Children will develop enquiry skills to pursue their own interests within a topic and further questioning.

Where applicable, children will have encountered or participated in high-quality visits/visitors to further appreciate the impact of history.

Children are able to retain prior-learning and explicitly make connections between what they have previously learned and what they are currently learning.