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A Summary of History

Our History Curriculum

We aim that through our history curriculum we help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and that we inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.

We aim for every child to develop:

• An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.

• The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.

• The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.

• The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.

• A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways.

• A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgments.

• A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.


In Key Stage 1 children will have the opportunity to look at:

• The lives of significant individuals in Britain’s past who have contributed to national and international achievements – comparing aspects of life in different periods (For Example – Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale)

• Key events in the past that are significant nationally and globally, particularly those that coincide with festivals or other events that are commemorated throughout the year (For example -The Great Fire of London)

• Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality


In Key Stage 2 children will have the opportunity to look at and/or study:

Year 3• Ancient Greece.

Year 3• On overview of changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

Year 4 • Early Civilizations achievements and an in-depth study of Ancient Egypt

Year 4 • The Mayan Civilisation as a non- European society that contrasts with British history

Year 4 • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

Year 5 • Britain’s settlement by Anglo Saxons and Scots.

Year 5 • The Viking and Anglo Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the confessor

Year 6 • A study of a theme in British history (a significant turning point in British history – WW2 – Battle of Britain – cost of war)

Year 6 • a local history study (Coventry bombings, Smethwick factories)

Christ Church C of E Primary School,
Albert Street, Oldbury, B69 4DE
Tel: 0121 552 3625
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