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St. Paul's C of E VA

Primary and Nursery School

Walk on Water



History is an important part of the curriculum at St Paul's. 


The children at our school have the opportunity to learn about a variety of different historical periods and study world history as well as the fascinating history of our local area. 


Our curriculum allows history to be taught in an exciting and engaging way as history topics are often linked to many different areas of the curriculum, such as the arts. 


The children at St Paul's are also very fortunate to take part in trips to historical sites and have expert workshops in school which help bring history to life!


Keep checking this page to see all the wonderful things that happen in our history learning! 



Historical enquiry ignites children’s curiosity about the wider world and develops a context for their growing sense of identity. At St. Paul’s, the curriculum is designed for pupils to first develop knowledge of our local history, then the history of our country and then significant historical periods from around the world. This will help them understand our locality (Langleybury, St. Albans and Hertfordshire) and their place within the world.


Historical skills will be taught in order for pupils to develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. What they learn through history can influence their decision-making, attitude and values.




In order to develop their historical enquiry skills, learners will:

  • have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past
  • build an overview of world history
  • understand chronology
  • communicate historically

The life of a historian at St. Paul’s School:


  • Weekly ‘Understanding the World’ sessions throughout their topic-based learning.


  • Weekly lessons with a half-termly History focus
  • Focus on key historical events in the local area and within the UK
  • Focus on key historical people in the local area (St. Alban) and within the UK
  • Demonstrate their learning through proof of progress (POP) tasks


  • Weekly lessons with a half-termly History focus
  • Develop an understanding of chronology by investigating Ancient civilisations and modern history
  • Investigate a range of sources
  • Research and present findings in different topics
  • Deepen their understanding of Christian faith



By the time the children at St. Paul’s leave our school, they will have developed:

· A secure knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from the historical periods covered.

· The ability to think critically about history and communicate confidently to a range of audiences. To consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.

· The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, forming and refining questions and lines of enquiry.

· A passion for history and engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways.

· A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their explanations and judgements.

· A desire to embrace challenging activities, including undertaking high-quality research across a range of history topics.