Historical learning is embedded within the Learning Journey.


In history we work on following skills:

  • Understanding chronology
  • Understanding  and knowledge of the past
  • Investigating the past
  • Interpreting the past
  • Communicating the past


Through our teaching of History we aim to:

  • Fire pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world
  • Encourage thinking about how the past influences the present
  • Help students develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people
  • Foster a sense of identity and an increased understanding of pupils’ own position in their own community and the world
  • Develop a range of skills and abilities – particularly those related to finding out about the past, explaining what happened and what people then and now think about what happened.


Through History we can also:

  • Improve pupils’ skills in writing, mathematics and computing.
  • Develop pupils’ thinking skills
  • Promote pupils’ awareness and understanding of gender, cultural, spiritual and moral issues
  • Develop pupils as active citizens


The national curriculum statements are organised as shown below

 Pupils should be taught…

  • changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age (Y3)
  • the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain (Y3)
  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots (Y5)
  • the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the kingdoms of England to the time of Edward the Confessor (Y5)
  • local history (Y3)
  • an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 (Y6)
  • the achievements of the earliest civilisations: an overview of where and when the first civilisations appeared and an in-depth study of one of the following: Ancient SumerThe Indus ValleyAncient EgyptThe Shang dynasty of Ancient China. (Y6)
  • Ancient Greece: a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world (Y4)
  • a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history: one study area chosen from early Islamic civilisation, including a study of Baghdad c. AD 900; Mayan civilisation c. AD 900; Benin (West Africa) c. AD 900-1300 (Y6)