Learning about History helps children develop a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. At Queen Emma 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.

Yearly Overview

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

From Year One to Year Six
All children will follow the National Curriculum programmes of study, which are divided into Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. These are then divided into areas of knowledge, skills and understanding. The table below shows when History is taught at Queen Emma and the topics within which it appears.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 1

Traction Man is here! Comparing old and new toys

Castles– Changes to castles, lives of significant individuals e.g. Henry VIII & Prince William

Under the Sea – events beyond living memory: Titanic. Sequencing boats in chronological order

Mmm…Food! Significant historical events in our locality

Year 2

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

Year 3

Stone Age to Iron Age – changes in Britain during this period, including Iron Age hill forts such as Wandlebury

Ancient Greeks – a study of Greek life and achievements, and their influence on the Western world

Pirates – a history of seafaring and pirates

Year 4

The Romans – the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain: invasion, conquest and resistance

Travel to the Golden Age – early Islamic civilisation, including a study of Baghdad c. AD 900: a non-European society providing contrast with British history

Electricity – the history of electricity

Year 5

Anglo Saxons and Vikings

   Ancient Egyptians

Information for Parents

For further information about our History Policy, please click here to visit our policies page.

Photos of Learning


Year 1 trip to Headingham Castle

Year 1 have been learning about toys from the past. They went on an exciting trip to the Cambridge Folk Museum. The children got to investigate how the toys in the past differed from toys today. They were very precious and so we had to be very careful with them. 

Year 3 finding out what it was like to go to school in Ancient Greece

Year 3 school trip to Wandlebury Iron Age Hill Fort

Year 3 went on an exciting school trip to Wandlebury. We walked around the ditch that would have surrounded the fort and found out about archaeological evidence that had been discovered there. We also looked at a quern stone and then made our own dough and cooked it over a fire. In the afternoon we learnt more about round houses and practised weaving flexible pieces of wood in and out of posts with a partner. 

Year 4 have been finding out about the Great Explorers! In Year Four the children have been learning about exploration and explorers. The children visited the Polar Institute where they learnt about Robert Falcon Scott.

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