History

We aim for all children to have an understanding of our past and how History will shape their future. Our curriculum is full of topics which foster awe and wonder and drive children to ask the reason behind the facts. Our topics help children to gain an understanding of the complexity of people’s lives and the process of change, their own identity and the challenges of their time.

In Key Stage 1, pupils learn about:

  • changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life
  • 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. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods
  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

In Key Stage 2, pupils learn about:

  • changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
  • the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots
  • the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor
  • a local history study
  • a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • the achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of one of the following: Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt; The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China
  • Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world
  • a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history – one study chosen from: early Islamic civilization, including a study of Baghdad c. AD 900; Mayan civilization c. AD 900; Benin (West Africa) c. AD 900-1300.

Here is an overview of our current Humanities topics.

Here are some helpful links for you:

Ancient Egypt Introduction

Tour Egypt

Archaeology for Kids

BBC History for Kids

Horrible Histories

CBBC Horrible Histories