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St Giles C of E Academy

Growing Together




Welcome to our St Giles C of E Academy History page.

Here you will find information about how we teach History, see the curiosity and enjoyment the children experience in History lessons by learning about the past through a topic based approach. Children will be become historians to understand how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. They will be taught to make links and connections within and across periods of history. 


History is taught on a two year rolling programme. Each academic year the children will learn about three history topics. Topics that link are revisited through the Key Stages to allow teachers and pupils to revisit, remember and build on prior learning. Each topic is launched with an open enquiry question to spark imagination and interest. Our cross-curricular topic based approach enriches and enlivens History lessons which immerse the pupils in a variety of relevant themes.

We are acutely aware that for our children to succeed they need to develop a rich vocabulary which is why we place an emphasis on developing the vocabulary of the children. Our St Giles topic based Curriculum enriches English and language into every History lesson. 

A ‘wow workshop’ is carried out every half term which engages and inspires our pupils. In Pontefract we benefit from a rich historical culture which the children are immersed in by working with the Pontefract Civic Society, The Wakefield Museum and Pontefract Castle. Some topics are standalone such as Music and P.E but wherever possible links are made to History.

We are proud to say that we have a strong understanding of The National Curriculum and the statutory requirements that build a depth of understanding of History. The St Giles Curriculum is broad and promotes depth of study.


At St Giles Academy the impact of the curriculum is assessed and evidenced through the children’s Topic Books. Our Topic Books allow the children to see for themselves how a topic is cross curricular. Assessment of History is ongoing, assessed against the outcomes of the National Curriculum. Informal Summative assessment is completed at the end of a topic in the form of a KWL grid.

At St Giles Academy KS1, Lower Key stage 2 and Upper Key stage 2 approach the History Curriculum with a team approach; with all teachers contributing to the History Curriculum. Coverage of the topics is monitored on a Curriculum Overview Mapping document.


We aim to give all our pupils the opportunity to success and reach the highest level of personal achievement; to promote the individuality of all our pupils, irrespective of ethnicity, attainment, age, disability, gender or background.

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