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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 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 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.

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.
Y5Anglo 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. 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.
Y4The 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 historyElectricity: The history of electricity
Y3 Stone Age to Iron Age: Changes in Britain during this period, including Iron Age hill forts such as WandleburyAncient Greeks: A study of Greek life and achievements, and their influence on the Western worldPirates: A history of seafaring and pirates
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
Y1Action and Adventure! Awareness of the past. Exploring changes in toys within living memory by playing with artefacts from the Toy Museum. Castles Significant historical people and places. Visiting Hedingham Castle and finding out about life for the people who lived there. Mmm … Food! Significant historical events in our locality.

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Useful Links For KS2

Stone Age to Iron Age




Anglo Saxons and Vikings



Queen Emma Primary honoured Black History during the month of October! Our school display in the atrium highlighted the wisdom of influential black scholars, leaders, artists, writers and musicians. Our younger students read a variety of picture books written by black authors or featuring black characters. Later year classes focused on reading books and articles about important black history topics. As always, all students were encouraged to reflect on the importance of studying a variety of experiences to gain a more complete view of history. Teachers and students have greatly enjoyed Black History Month and will continue to learn more throughout the year!

Year 1

Year 1 Children were busy learning about castles during Spring Term. They studied different types of castles such as the Motte and Bailey, Shell Keep, Rectangular Keep and the Concentric Castle. The little lords and ladies of Dolphin and Seahorse classes had fun learning about all the features of castles and even designed their own!

Year 1 children had a lovely time studying the history of toys during Autumn term! Children wrote about, illustrated and shared their personal history with their favourite toys. They also learned about old-fashioned toys and conducted a comparison. Such a playful start to the year!

Year 2

Year 2 learned about the first aeroplane flight in their ‘Up, Up and Away’ history unit during Autumn Term. They thought critically about the significance of the first flight to history and designed their own aeroplanes!

They also worked hard on their Great Fire of London paintings during Spring Term. Look how well they turned out! Students also studied different sources from the time period to gather information about the fire. Well done Year 2 historians!

Year 3 

Our Year 3 historians focused on the Stone Age during Autumn Term. They practised important historical thinking skills such as making timelines and inferring information about life in the Stone Age from different pieces of evidence. Skara Brae inspired our students own Stone Age home designs.

Year 4

Our Year 4 scholars have been busy at work learning about The Golden Age of Islam! Their first step was to locate all the important locations from the region during that time period. Now they will focus on the first universities and the House of Wisdom in Baghdad.

Year 5

Year 5 learned about and designed their own Anglo-Saxon villages. They also made woven crafts inspired by Anglo-Saxon artisans. Year 5 then learned about the Vikings! We had a good time designing our own Viking ships and learned about the brutal Lindisfarne raid in 793 AD. Both classes submitted wonderful homework related to our topic! Well done, Zebra and Giraffe Class!

Year 6

Year 6 historians have begun learning about our local history! The children enjoyed making timelines about Edward the Confessor and his connections to Cambridge!

Year 6 have been working on poetry in their English work. The children have planned well and used lots ideas from each other’s work to write war time poems. The unit linked superbly to Remembrance Day where the children made their own version of poppies whilst reflecting on the men and women who fell throughout war.

Year 6 learned about the causes of the conflict, efforts at appeasement and life in England during the Blitz. Year 6 English lessons had students write a comparison between the Spitfire and the Messerschimtt. They also wrote newspaper articles about the outbreak of war. Both classes submitted high quality homework on our topic. Well done, Panther and Jaguar Class!