At St Barnabas, we want our children to gain a coherent understanding that History is the study of the past, specifically, the people, societies, events and problems of the past.  Furthermore, we want our children to understand Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our language-rich curriculum is designed to inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past and cross-cultural understanding. Children should ask perceptive questions and think critically, using varied sources of information and artefacts. They will learn about how people’s lives have changed and what it means to be human, how diverse societies were and the challenges that were faced.


Our children develop their chronological awareness of the past in order that they can order the periods in history that they study. 

Primary & Secondary sources

During their time with us pupils visit historical buildings and museums. They handle artefacts, read documents and study photographs from the different time periods they study.  

Responding to the past

Children are encouraged to ask perceptive questions and think critical about events and periods of history. They respond to historical periods in writing, pictures and songs as well as reenacting key events.