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Our History curriculum provides our pupils with knowledge to form a coherent, chronological understanding of Britain’s past. This helps them to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups. It also promotes the importance of all children having a strong sense of British identity and values. 

This knowledge enables pupils to understand how people’s lives have shaped our nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. To be classed as significant, the people and events in our curriculum are: remarkable, resulted in change, revealing of the time, remembered today, resonates/ripples with future generations. (Christine Counsell)  

How is History organised? 

Periods in History  

Chronological, British history that draws on European and World events 

Significant People  

People who have changed and shaped the world  


Significant Events  

Events that have shaped and changed the world 


What is taught and in what order? 

Periods of History   

Romans  (Yr1)

Saxons and Vikings  (Yr2)

Normans and Plantagenet  (Yr3)

Tudors and Stuarts  (Yr4)

Hanoverians and Victorians  (Yr5)

WWI, WWII, Modern Britain  (Yr6)

























Significant People (Monarchs/Rulers)  

Julius Caesar, Emperor Claudius. Boudicca 

King Arthur. King Cnut  

Alfred the Great, Edward the Confessor 

King William I,  

King Henry II, Thomas Becket  

King Richard I (Lionheart), King John  

King Henry VII, King Richard III, King Henry VIII 

Queen Mary I, Queen Elizabeth I 

King James I, Oliver Cromwell King George I, Robert Walpole  

Queen Victoria, Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale  

Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill,  

Queen Elizabeth II 














Significant Events  

43     Roman invasion of England and Wales 

410   Saxons arrive in England  

1066 Battle of Hastings Normans invade Britain  

1215 Magna Carter signed  

1485 Battle of Bosworth (War of the Roses)  

1532 English Reformation  

1580 Sir Francis Drake circumnavigates the Earth  

1588 Spanish Armada defeated  

1603 England and Scotland Union (Union of Crowns)  

1605 Gunpowder Plot  

1645 Battle of Naseby (End of English Civil War)  

1665 The Great Plague of London 1666 The Great Fire of London  

1721 Robert Walpole becomes Britain's first Prime Minister 

1760 The Industrial Revolution  

1837 Victoria crowned Queen  

1914 Britain declares war on Germany (Start of WWI)  

1918 Germany Agrees to Armistice (End of WWI)  

1939 WWII Begins  

1945 WWII Ends  

1948 NHS established 


What will this include? What will I see in a History lesson?  

  • Using a variety of sources (e.g., contemporary images and paintings, quotes, contemporary accounts and stories) 

  • Asking perceptive questions 

  • Thinking critically 

  • Weighing up evidence and sifting arguments  

  • Developing perspective and judgement. 

  • Using historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference, and significance.  

  • Making connections, drawing contrasts, analysing trends,  

  • Framing historically valid question 

  • Creating structured accounts, including writing narratives and analyses