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Learning about History helps children develop a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. At Queen Edith we aim to inspire children’s curiosity by bringing History to life through cross-curricular topic work, role play, handling of artefacts and school trips. Children learn important skills such as questioning perceptively, thinking critically and searching for evidence to support their reasoning. 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.

We aim to:

  • Provide children with an experience of history, which is both valid and stimulating
  • Encourage a lively and questioning approach, which will enable children to enjoy their learning
  • Enable children to understand how they themselves fit into the pattern of past and present in Britain and the world

Yearly Overview

Foundation Stage

Children in the Foundation stage will follow the Early Learning Goals, in which ‘History’ is covered in the Understanding of the World area of learning.

From Year 1 to Year 6

All children will follow the National Curriculum programmes of study, which are divided into Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. These are then divided into areas of knowledge, skills and understanding. The table below shows when History is taught at Queen Edith and the topics within which it appears.

Y1History of toys: Changes within living memory: Look at contemporary toys and study toys parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents may have played with. Look at similarities and differences and identify changes in materials and technology. Set up a toy museum.Castles: Discover the castles around the British Isles. Find out about the most splendid castles and their locations around the UK, exploring their different architecture.
Y2 The Body Machine: Finding out about significant individuals e.g. Florence Nightingale Fire and Ice: Historical periods within (just!) and beyond living memory: the Great Fire of London, Carlos Gatti, Shackleton Around the World :Historical explorers, inventors & crusaders, e.g. Captain Cook and the Wright brothers
Y3 Ancient Greeks: A study of Greek life and achievements, and their influence on the Western worldPirates: A history of seafaring and piratesStone Age to Iron Age: Changes in Britain during this period, including Iron Age hill forts such as Wandlebury
Y4Explorers: The Romans: The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. Invasion, conquest and resistanceTravel to the Golden Age: Early Islamic civilisation, including a study of Baghdad c. AD 900. A non-European society providing contrast with British history
Y5 Ancient Egyptians: Investigating what it was like to live in Egypt during the time of mummies, ancient gods and pyramids. Children will also take part in an Ancient Egyptian Day.Anglo Saxons and Vikings: Investigating what it was like to live in Britain between the Stone Age and Iron Age. As part of this, the children will go on an educational visit to West Stow where they will experience what life was like in an Anglo-Saxon village.
Y6World War 2: and the impact on Britain. Investigating the poignant events throughout the war and how life in Britain changed during and after the end of the war. Cambridge University: A walking tour, the history and some of its famous alumni.

The History curriculum as outlined above is often taught in a cross curricular way. For example, the Greek topic in Year 3 will make meaningful links to other areas of the curriculum such as Art, DT, English and Science.

For more information please click on the link to view our History Policy on our Policies page.

Examples Of Learning

Year 1 looked at the history of toys and enjoyed playing with them.

Year 3 enjoyed their Ancient Greeks topic by visiting a cast museum and building their own temple.

Year 4 went to the Scott Polar museum and dressed up in survival gear for the Arctic!

Year 5 held an Egyptian Day in school and even mummified their friends!

Year 6 have enjoyed a themed day for World War 2, a trip to Duxford Imperial War Museum and a visit to Cambridge town centre for our local history study.