History plays an important part in the INSPIRE Curriculum at Bishop Martin and we value the rich local history that surrounds our school and the local area.

The INSPIRE Curriculum fosters an ambition to develop children's curiosity about life in the past where all children are taught to ask perceptive quesitons, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and present their thoughts logically.

Throughout the curriculum, knowledge is built on and developed from the history of Britain and the wider world, Ancient civilisations and how the lives of significant figures have shaped the world we live in. Knowledge Organisers for each topic can be found on class pages to support children's learning at home.


Our historical journey

We take children on a journey through the history of Liverpool and our famous faces, before stopping off on a timeline that includes learning about significant individuals and key periods of the past. 

Children at Bishop Martin start their journey in Early Years by learning about events in their very recent past, exploring the people, cultures and events that make our community so special. Being in Liverpool, and even more importantly in the place where the Beatles met (wow!), Year 1 cover some of the important events in the last 100 years or more, from the Titanic to The Beatles.

The learning continues with a focus on Nelson Mandela and other famous leaders, before Key Stage 2 take a journey through thousands of years, learning what historians do and how they work, coupled with key substantive knowledge that we love finding out about the past.


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In Key Stage 2, we are following the Opening Worlds humanities programme. This is currently being implemented in Years 3, 4 and 5, and will then be rolled out in the subsequent years until it is implemented from Year 3 through to Year 6. Over the next two years, all of Key Stage 2 will be following this approach.

Opening Worlds is a knowledge-rich humanities programme for teaching history and geography where the uniqueness and background of every child is recognise and valued. Because of this, Opening Worlds covers a range of cultural, historical and ethical backgrounds and offers purposeful and meaningful experiences to apply, share and develop this knowledge . Our diverse, culturally rich, wide-scoping and rigorous/coherent curriculum is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values in a rigorous and coherent way. Explicit links to story telling and creativity are made to ensure children to engage and enthuse learners.  Many enhancement and enrichment activities are used throughout the curriculum to engage learners and create purposeful, high leverage outcomes that give children the opportunity to use and apply their developing knowledge and skills. Our aim is to create an environment that prompts curiosity, critical thinking and allows learners to connect strands of learning across all aspects of the curriculum.

For further information, please see the Opening Worlds Rationale below or visit their website here.



Here are some helpful websites you can access at home for free!


BBC History - a wealth of information, pictures and videos with links to a host of interesting time periods.


History for kids - a website packed with a huge amount of information for what we learn and more


National Geographic Kids - really exciting and engaging activities that cover so many important individuals


National History Musuem - find out what's going on at the brilliant musuem in London


Historical Association - If you have a really keen interest in History why not find out more here.




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