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I am a Time Traveller. I am curious about the world, the past and my place in it. I am a detective, looking at evidence from different sources to investigate personal, local, national and global history. I am learning to understand how things change over time, chronology, think critically and develop perspective and judgement.

Curriculum Champions: Miss Hurst, Mr Wendon
Mr Wendon
Miss Hurst

“I believe that the more you know about the past, the better you are prepared for the future.”

– Theodore Roosevelt


At St Petroc’s, we aim for a high quality, expansive history curriculum which inspires pupils’ curiosity about the past. We want our children to not only understand their local, British, and wider world histories, but importantly, where they fit in.

Our teaching plans to equip pupils with knowledge about the history of Cornwall and Britain and how it has influenced and too, been influenced, by the wider world. Pupils will recognise and understand about significant aspects of the history of the ancient civilisations and empires in addition to changes in living memory as well as those beyond. Pupils will learn about the lives of significant individuals of the past and in doing so, understand the methods of historical enquiry and be able to ask, answer and analyse questions, statements and sources.

We want our pupils to relish and love learning about history. Pupils will gain knowledge and skills, not just through experiences within the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits, enabling them to deepen their understanding of who and what has shaped our world today.


To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in History, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. History is taught with a breadth of topics partnered with recurring themes, allowing children to compare and contrast different periods across thousands of years. Focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum, children take a journey through time by learning their place in the world before learning about events in living memory and beyond; subsequently studying and understanding a greater chronology of major events and periods in time. This journey is underpinned by developing skills in a sequenced progression enabling all children to become insightful historians with a
real enjoyment of the subject.

Additionally, as a proud Cornish school in an area abundant with enthralling local history, St Petroc’s empowers all children to experience many local points of interest and explore our place within history right upon our doorstep.
The impact of our history curriculum is that our learners are equipped with the historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the secondary curriculum and for life as an adult in the wider world. The children will be able to discuss their learning and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through a range of activities.