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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.

Y1Mmm … Food! Significant historical events in our locality.
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 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
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
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.
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.

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

Examples Of Learning

Y4 Researching

Year 4 have had a fantastic time using the internet to research and learn more about the Roman times. They worked together to come up with questions and topics they specifically wanted to learn about and then used a range of websites to read more about the Romans.

Y5 West Stow

Year 5 immersed themselves in their Ancient Britain topic with a visit to West Stow.  We had an exciting morning exploring some reconstructed homes of Anglo-Saxons and in the afternoon, observed some ancient artefacts in the museum.

Y6 World War 2 Day

The children learnt some slang that originated from the 1940s and then wrote a letter to a pen pal using the new vocabulary.

Gas masks were an essential everyday accessory that you would be fined for if caught without one. For this reason, the children were well prepared as they made their own paper gas masks!

It seemed necessary to celebrate the end of our topic by making and eating chocolate cake, however, this was no ordinary chocolate cake; it was made with breadcrumbs, coco powder, butter, sugar, maple syrup and no baking! Not only that, the rations had to be very precise and no wastage under any circumstances.

It was decided that 2018 is a much safer and happier year to be a child in!