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History in the National Curriculum

KS1 Curriculum

• Changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these

should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life

• Events beyond living memory that are significant

nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of

London, the first aeroplane flight]

• The lives of significant individuals in the past who have

contributed to national and international achievements.

Some should be used to compare aspects of life in

different periods [for example, Elizabeth I and Queen

Victoria, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, Rosa

Parks and Emily Davison, Mary Seacole and/or Florence

Nightingale and Edith Cavell]

• Significant historical events, people and places in their

own locality.

History KS2

Integration into Springfield Primary School Long Term plan

Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age

Examples (non-statutory)

This could include:

· late Neolithic hunter-gatherers and early farmers, for example, Skara Brae

· Bronze Age religion, technology and travel, for example, Stonehenge

Iron Age hill forts: tribal kingdoms, farming, art and culture

Year 3 Autumn Term

The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

Examples (non-statutory)

This could include:

· Julius Caesar’s attempted invasion in 55-54 BC

· the Roman Empire by AD 42 and the power of its army

· successful invasion by Claudius and conquest, including Hadrian’s Wall

· British resistance, for example, Boudica

‘Romanisation’ of Britain: sites such as Caerwent and the impact of technology, culture and beliefs, including early Christianity

Year 3 Summer Term

Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots

Examples (non-statutory)

This could include:

· Roman withdrawal from Britain in c. AD 410 and the fall of the western Roman Empire

· Scots invasions from Ireland to north Britain (now Scotland)

· Anglo-Saxon invasions, settlements and kingdoms: place names and village life

· Anglo-Saxon art and culture

Christian conversion – Canterbury, Iona and Lindisfarne

Year 4 Autumn Term

The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor

Examples (non-statutory)

This could include:

· Viking raids and invasion

· resistance by Alfred the Great and Athelstan, first king of England

· further Viking invasions and Danegeld

· Anglo-Saxon laws and justice

· Edward the Confessor and his death in 1066



Year 5 Summer Term

A local history study

Examples (non-statutory)

· a depth study linked to one of the British areas of study listed above

· a study over time tracing how several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality (this can go beyond 1066)

· a study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality.


A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066

Examples (non-statutory)

· the changing power of monarchs using case studies such as John, Anne and Victoria

· changes in an aspect of social history, such as crime and punishment from the Anglo-Saxons to the present or leisure and entertainment in the 20th Century

· the legacy of Greek or Roman culture (art, architecture or literature) on later periods in British history, including the present day

· a significant turning point in British history, for example, the first railways or the Battle of Britain.

Year 6 Spring Term

The achievements of the earliest civilizations ─

an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of one of the following: Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt; The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China.




Year 5 Autumn Term Pharaohs

Ancient Greece ─

· a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world.










Year 4 Autumn Term

A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history


· one study chosen from: early Islamic civilization, including a study of Baghdad c. AD 900; Mayan civilization c. AD 900; Benin (West Africa) c. AD 900-1300.

Year 6 Autumn Term, Mayans