Our Philosophy


We are passionate about history at Our Lady of the Angels because we believe that understanding about the past is vital for our children's development to enable them to become 'Agents of Change'. 

All our history topics are interconnected by our eight big idea planning principles which enable children to make connections with other learning both within and beyond the history curriculum.  

It places a special emphasis on providing opportunities for children to learn about key social issues such as racism, poverty and the decline of tourism in their locality. 


Curriculum Aims 
In line with the national curriculum for history, we aim to ensure that, by the end of Key Stage Two, all pupils:
  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world 
  • 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; achievements and follies of mankind 

  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and 'peasantry’                                                                                  

  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses 

  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed 

  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales