Throughout the school year, each class will teach a History based topic for at least one term. This includes all year groups from Reception to Year 6. St Theresa’s class have learned about the Romans, St Patrick’s class are learning about the Tudors, and St Peter’s & St Joseph’s class are learning about the ‘Great Fire of London’. Each classroom has a topic display which illustrates the learning that is taking place during topic time.

Early Years (‘Development Matters’ statements):

By the end of the Reception year, children should be able to ‘talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members’.

Within Key Stage 1, children should be taught about (Objectives from the National Curriculum):
  • 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 [for example, the Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries].
  • 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 [for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and LS Lowry, Rosa Parks and Emily Davison, Mary Seacole and/or Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell].
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
Within Key Stage 2, children should be taught about:
  • Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.
  • The Roman Empire and its impact of Britain.
  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots.
  • The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edwards to 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.

Please see below for the National Curriculum and Development Matters statements to see what should be covered within each phase. Please see the National Curriculum using the following link for more information: