Purpose of study from the National Curriculum

A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. 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. 

What this looks like in each year group 

Autumn Term - History Across the School


Reception have been learning all about themselves, families, homes and how they have changed over time. We have used stories about bears to help us with our learning. Each week we plan a range of exciting learning opportunities but we often change direction as we follow the children’s interests and ideas. We will talk more about ourselves: what we look like, how our bodies work and what makes us special. We will also continue to learn more about bears and their behaviours and where in the world they live. History and Geography Early Years style.


Year 1 Hall of fame 

This term we will be going back in time to meet a lot of famous people and see what life was like when they were around and the amazing achievements some people made. We will begin by looking back on when Queen Elizabeth 2nd started her reign in 1952, then when Queen Elizabeth 1st started her reign in 1558. In the second part of our topic we will learn why Sir Francis Drake, Charles A Lindbergh and Neil Armstrong are still famous today. 

Year 2 Titanic - Sink or Swim?

This term we will be exploring the history of this event, its geographical location and the results from the inquest following the sinking. We will examine how and why lifeboats are now so important and how the lack of boats on the Titanic caused so many people to lose their lives. Passenger Class will also be a focus for us. We will examine the differing menus, cabins to sleep in and their location on the ship. Shipbuilding and waterways will be researched, in particular the link locally to this.


Year 3 Divide and Conquer

The Romans. We will be covering the creation of Rome to the invasion of Britain and how the Romans have impacted our life today. We will also look at the life of a Roman child and how it compares to the life of a modern child. More excitingly, we will be heading off to Chester to re-enact marching through the city as Roman soldiers to the amphitheatre. We will also be looking at lots of artefacts while we are there. 


Year 4 

This term Year 4 will be looking at our local area and how it has changed and evolved over the past 200 years. We will be exploring how Runcorn has physically changed, such as the building of bridges, houses and expressways and what impact this has had on our modern lives. Year 4 will also be going on a class trip to Norton Priory and Halton Castle to learn about the rich history of the area – using what we learn in our classwork.


Year 5 - Behind Eneny Lines 

This topic covers battles through the ages looking at: Battle of Marathon, Battle of Hastings, Battle of Bosworth and both world wars. Aspects of life in these times and how the wars changed things will be explored. The children will use a variety of sources and discuss what makes them reliable. 


Year 6 - We’ve Got The Power! The Shang Dynasty

In this topic we will learn all about The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China (1600-1046 BC). We’ll discover key information about the formation of the Shang Dynasty and the kings who ruled it. We will learn about everyday life, the music, cities and settlements, and the process of worship in this early civilisation. We will also study how the Shang developed warfare techniques, technology, and writing. We will look at the legacy the Shang Dynasty left behind and what caused the end to the power.