At Stratford St Mary Primary School we believe through high-quality planning, teaching and assessing, the History curriculum will provide a range of opportunities which will:

  • Inspire our pupils’ curiousity so they gain a coherent and chronological knowledge and understanding of Britain’s, and the wider world’s past; from the earliest times to the present day including using connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history and between short and long time-scales. 
  • Inspire our pupils’ curiosity so they gain knowledge and understanding of how people’s lives have shaped the nation.
  • Inspire our pupils’ curiosity so they gain knowledge and understanding of how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  • Ensure our pupils know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world; the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies and achievements. 
  • Ensure our pupils gain an understanding of abstract historical terms (empire, civilisation, parliament and peasantry) and understand the methods of historical enquiry; how evidence is used to make historical claims and understand how and why contrasting arguments of the past have been constructed. 
  • Equip our pupils’ with the skills and understanding to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.
  • Help our pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and the relationships between different groups, their own identity and the challenges of their time. 

History in the News

Constable Day

To fit in with our whole school enquiry question "Why does Stratford St Mary fascinate historians?" we focused on what the village would have been like in John Constable's time. We found out that John Constable was alive during the Georgian period. On Thursday 26th...

Colchester Castle Romans Fun!

Colchester Castle Romans Fun!

On Tuesday 17th May, the children in Woodpeckers class loaded the double decker bus and set off excitedly for Colchester Castle (although I think they were more excited to spot Macdonalds on the way!) The children went underground into the old Roman vaults and learnt...

Tudor Times in Stratford St Mary

Tudor Times in Stratford St Mary

The Swans have been learning about what Stratford St Mary would have been like in Tudor Times. Last week, we looked at how our village is linked to the Suffolk Wool Towns. We learned about a man called Thomas Mors who was a cloth manufacturer who died in 1500. He gave...

Exploring Texture

This half term, the Owls art focus is painting. For our first lesson, we explored using and creating different textures and then painting over them. Later in the term, the children will be creating their own textured versions of some of John Constable's masterpieces,...

Kingfishers’ Toy Museum

Kingfishers’ Toy Museum

The children created their own toy museum. The children wrote descriptions about their toys, wrote labels and created posters which they displayed in their museum. The children became tour guides and showed their grown up around the ‘Kingfishers Toy Museum’. They told...

Recreating the Battle of Hastings

In History, and in Literacy, the Owls have been learning about the Battle of Hastings. To help us understand what happened in the battle, we went outside and acted it out. We then re-created it with jelly babies! [gallery...

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