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Picture 1 At the British Museum
Picture 2 Islington Museum - looking at historical artefacts
Picture 3 Dressing up as 2WW soldiers
Picture 4 Anglo-Saxon CPS pupils!
Picture 5 A lesson on the art of archaeology
Picture 6 An archaeological dig at a local museum
Picture 7 The Ragged School - a Victorian is in charge!
Picture 8 Studying historical artefacts
Picture 9 At the Tower of London
Picture 10 Researching skeletons on a trip
Picture 11 Dressing up as an ancient Egyptian

Our  history curriculum helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching equips pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.


Broad Topic Overview for all Yeargroups




Topic 1

Topic 2

Topic 3

1 & 2


Great Fire of London


Kings and Queens in their Castles

Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II

Toys then and now - Year 1

Grace Darling - Year 2



Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong

Seaside holidays then and now

(cross curricular with Geography)

Toys then and now - Year 1

Grace Darling - Year 2

3 & 4


World War II

Local area history

Stone Age to Iron Age

Stonehenge (link to Ancient Egypt)

The Aztecs

(will become Ancient Egypt in 2016-17)


Vikings  &


Romans in Britain

Life in Tudor Britain

5 & 6


Ancient Greeks

Baghdad c.900 – early Islamic civilization

1001 Inventions – The House of Wisdom




Local area history

Crime and Punishment



Historical Skills Progression


Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

  • Pupils should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.
  • They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.
  • They should use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms.
  • They should ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events.
  • They should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.


  • Pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms.
  • They should regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.
  • They should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.
  • They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
For more information about the activities that the pupils will take part in in history, click on the links below to view the curriculum letters for the various yeargroups.