At Ladysmith, we follow the programmes of study outlined in the National Curriculum. We follow a chronological approach from ‘The Stoneage’ in Year 3 to ‘World War 2’ in Year 6. History is the primary factor which underpins our topics which last a full term. These cover British history as well as global and ancient history.

Each topic is carefully planned to provide varied and enriching opportunities to learn about a time period in depth. Children are guided as they develop their historical enquiry through questioning, exploration of historical events, people and artefacts and begin to critically evaluate the validity of sources of information.

Our approach enables the children to take a ‘hands on’ approach to history through creating their own replica artefacts through art and DT which deepens and strengthens their understanding and knowledge.

Each year group also enriches their topics 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 current areas of learning are (taken from the National Curriculum Programmes of Study):

Year 3:

  • Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • A local history study

Year 4:

  • 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
  • Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world

Year 5:

  • A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history –:Mayan civilization c. AD 900

Year 6:

  • 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 Ancient Egypt