The History Curriculum aims to incorporate the school’s values of Love, Respect and Endeavour into lessons: we want our pupils to genuinely enjoy their learning, respect the knowledge that they gain and work hard to improve themselves.

Our History Curriculum helps our pupils to understand how the country we live in has been shaped over time. This knowledge is developed through developing pupils’ ability to investigate and interpret historical sources.
Therefore, our history intent is to – • Provide a coherently planned, sequenced and adaptive curriculum to meet the needs of all our pupils.
• Encourage critical and analytical thinking in order to form substantiated opinions.
• Develop effective literacy skills in writing, speaking and listening that enable pupils to further explain their opinions.
• Provide enrichment opportunities that are varied and rich both outside and within school.
• Explore the further education opportunities and career paths that history can lead to.

The National Curriculum is followed, making sure we do not repeat the areas covered by our feeder schools nor areas that will be covered at high school. The curriculum is organised to follow the chronology of the curriculum content, enabling pupils to understand the historical process of the formation of Modern Britain, its democracy, its religion and its society.

In Year 6, History is taught alongside Geography as part of Humanities (six lessons a fortnight), which in turn is taught alongside Literacy. History becomes a discrete subject in Year 7 (three lessons a fortnight) and Year 8 (four lessons a fortnight). Pupils progress is based on assessments, essays, evidence from pupils’ books and oral contributions in class.

Pupils from all backgrounds will develop an understanding of British history and how our country has been shaped over time. They will have become increasingly sophisticated in their investigation of historical sources, being ever more critical and analytical in their approach. Pupils will be better able to develop informed opinions and substantiate them with historical evidence, sometimes in essay form. We believe that critical and analytical thinking will also allow our pupils to see through propaganda and ‘fake news’ to better understand the world they live in today.

  Year 6 Year 7 Year 8
Autumn 1 Britain since the 1930s. Britain in the 1930s. Why was there a World War? How did WW2 affect peoples’ lives? Medieval England.
The Making of the UK.
Autumn 2 War in Europe. What were the effects of war? Were the 1960s swinging? Medieval England.
The Making of the UK.
Spring 1 Pupils develop their skills in Humanities through Geography. Medieval England.
The Making of the UK.
Spring 2 Pupils develop their skills in Humanities through Geography. Medieval England.
The Making of the UK.
Summer 1 Famous People Source interpretations. Knowledge & Understanding. Developing evaluative, analytical & inference skills. Famous People studied include: Elizabeth I, Darwin, Louis XVI, Nelson, Napoleon, Custer, Henry Ford, Einstein, Columbus, Brunel and much more! Medieval England.
The Making of the UK.
Summer 2 Pupils develop their skills in Humanities through Geography. Medieval England.
The Black People of the Americas.


The St Egwin's history department is delighted to be working in the local community with Evesham Abbey Trust.

Learn more about the Evesham Abbey Trust, here.

Year 7

Medieval England 1066-1485

  • England in 1066
  • Medieval kingship
  • Harold and William
  • Hastings, 1066
  • Taking control - Castles, Domesday Book, Feudal System
  • Henry II and Thomas Beckett
  • King John and the Magna Carta
  • Religion and Crusades
  • The Hundred Years War
  • Joan of Arc
  • The Black Death
  • The Peasants' Revolt
  • The War of the Roses

Year 8

The Making of the UK

  • Life in the 1500s
  • Henry VII
  • Protestant and Catholic
  • Henry VIII (Reformation)
  • Mary I
  • Elizabeth I and The Spanish Armada
  • Gunpowder Plot
  • James I and William Shakespeare 
  • Charles I and Causes of the Civil War
  • Civil War (Battles, tactics and key players)
  • Charles I trial and execution
  • Oliver Cromwell
  • Charles II (Restoration)
  • james II and Glorious Revolution

The Black People of the Americas

  • Causes of slavery
  • Slave Trade
  • Plantations and Revolts
  • Opposition to slavery
  • US Civil War
  • Emancipation
  • Civil Rights

History Milestones

Year 7

Identify the importance of significant historical events.

Identify causes of events and recognise that some causes may be more important than others.

Use correct historical terms.

Ask relevant historical questions.

Understand that there may be different interpretations of past events.

Use primary and secondary historical sources.

Explain why a historical source could be biased.

Form opinions based on historical sources.

Use relevant evidence to support opinions.

Feel empathy for individuals and groups of people in the past.

Year 8

Write formal, well-structured interpretations of historical events.

Make connections between historical events and modern-day England.

Consider the impact of different historical figures’ actions on shaping modern-day England.

Identify bias in sources and consider reasons for it.

Compare the reliability of sources.

Use an increasing range of sources to form and justify opinions.

Identify short term and long term causes of events.

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