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Intent/What we aim to do through our History Curriculum

Through studying History, we can learn about how past societies, cultures and technologies were built, how they operated and how they have changed. The rich history of the world helps us to paint a detailed picture of where we stand today and become open-minded, global citizens. Throughout St Anne's, children have the opportunity to develop their historical understanding and skill set through studying a broad range of topics. Across the school we focus on:

- Substantive knowledge - knowledge about the past

- Disciplinary knowledge - knowledge about how Historias investigate the past and construct historical claims, arguments and accounts

This can be further separated into the concepts we as a school are focussing on. These include:

- Chronological understanding

- Interpretation of history and historical enquiry through sources

- Ways of ruling and rulers

- Civilisations: the rise and fall

- Empire: invasion and settlement

In lessons, children do a variety of activities to ensure that a passion for History is developed. We analyse and recreate sources, create timelines, role play, interview, compare time periods, investigate and immerse ourselves in the past. Adaptations are made to History lessons to ensure that all children are able to access the curriculum and are not disadvantaged by Special Educational Needs or Disability.

Implementation/How we teach History

Progression grid and knowledge organisers

Impact, children's learning and trips

Year 5 - Trip to Reading Museum

Autumn 1


Photos: The winner of Year 4's ancient Olympics, Year 6 explaining torture methods to each other and Year 5 presenting what they have learnt about Maya sacrifice.

Autumn 2


Year 3 learning about the chronology of the Stone Age. Did you know that if you use a toilet roll with 1000 sheets to show human habitation in Britain over the past 1,000,000 years, 2 sheets would take us back to the birth of Jesus and 995 sheets would represent the Stone age?! 

The children have also become archaeologists by digging for artefacts to learn about the past.


Spring 1

Photo AngelicaPhoto Saanvi

During lockdown, Year 5 were learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Have a look at Angelica and Saanvi's work (above) about Alfred the Great and the Battle of Stamford Bridge. 

Year 4 learnt about the Romans and the success of the army. Have a look at Fejiro and Gwen's work.

Photo FejiroPhoto Gwen

Spring 2

Interest zone

Some interesting articles and activities linked to our History topics:

Year 3

- https://www.imagininghistory.co.uk/post/stone-age-activities-crafts-for-kids

Year 4


Year 5

Apartheid: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/25378811


Year 6

- https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html  

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