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St. Mary’s Catholic Academy
part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Love and Serve

“Every individual will develop knowledge, skills and understanding with confidence and belief to take in life's journey. Together we will excel, love and serve through the Catholic Faith without limitations.”


In Foundation stage we start investigating our ‘Personal History’ including our families. In key stage 1 we learn about

Changes within living memory;

Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally

The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements,

Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality



In Key Stage 1 children learn a range of skills in history including developing a wide range of vocabulary, using artefacts and placing events and objects on a timeline. These skills will develop through focussing on key events and figures in history. Year 1 will include looking at The Moon Landing and Christopher Columbus. Year 2 will include looking at The Titanic and Queen Victoria.



In Key Stage 2, each year group gets a wide scope of history. They study a period of British history before 1066, an ancient civilisation from around the world, and either an aspect of British history post-1066 or the local area. The British units are delivered in chronological order, from the Stone Age right up to the settlement by the Vikings, Normans and Scots, to build-up the children's understanding of the story of Britain and how it developed over time.