History

We provide a broad, varied and progressive curriculum where children gain a cohesive, chronological knowledge of history through experiential activities, lively discussions and critical reflections. From Prehistoric Britain and Ancient Roman times in year 3, through to the Dark Ages and onto World War 2 in year 6, the children learn how British lives have changed and continue to be affected by the past.

Each year group has up to 2 history topics, posed as questions. These cover British history as well as global, ancient history. Each topic provides opportunities to learn about continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference. Children are guided as they pose historically valid questions, explore historical events from different perspectives and critically evaluate the validity of sources.

The current topics are:

Year 3:

  • How was life in Prehistoric Britain different from today?
  • What did the Romans do for us?

Year 4:

  • Were the Dark Ages really dark?

Year 5:

  • How did Ancient Mayans understand the world?
  • Ancient Greece: what legacy has been left?   

Year 6:

  • What was it like to be a child in World War Two?
  • Ancient Egypt - is there life after death?

The curriculum is enriched through educational visits to sites of historic interest, talks and interactive discussions from historians and archaeologists as well as re-enactments and experiential days. The curriculum provides many opportunities to cross link with art, drama and technology so that the past can be brought to life in a meaningful and memorable way.