History Curriculum

At Charles Dickens, the History Curriculum develops children’s knowledge of historical periods, events and significant individuals. Children learn key facts and concepts alongside skills such as chronological understanding, how to analyse and evaluate historical evidence, how to empathise with people from different eras and how to compare and contrast life in different periods.

  • Year 1 – My Past, Great Fire of London
  • Year 2 – Tudor Explorers, Castles
  • Year 3 – Prehistoric Britain, Roman Britain
  • Year 4 – Anglo Saxons, Vikings, Ancient Egypt
  • Year 5 – A History of Protest, Ancient Benin
  • Year 6 – London at War, Ancient Greece

Children’s historical learning in Key Stage One starts with the familiar: their own pasts and those of their families. As children’s learning travels further back in time, History is brought to life through a Great Fire of London walk and trips to the Golden Hind and Leeds Castle. These help to fire the children’s imaginations and enable them to empathise with the lives of children in different eras. At the end of Year 2, children learn about William the Conqueror and the Norman invasion and use the Bayeux Tapestry as a launch pad into investigating how our understanding of the past has been constructed.

In Key Stage Two, the story of Britain is interwoven with studies of ancient civilizations. Children explore concepts of migration, empire, civilization, continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance. Immersive role-play experiences on trips to Butser Ancient Farm, the Ancient Technology Centre, the Ragged School and the Cabinet War Rooms develop children’s understanding of life in Britain in different eras. Studies of ancient civilisations of Rome, Egypt, Benin and Greece are supported by visits to the British, London and Horniman museums. Children express their learning through drama, art, discussion and writing.

Knowledge Organisers

Each unit is supported by a Knowledge Organiser which details the key facts, vocabulary and skills for each unit. This is sent home in advance of the unit, allowing children to make a head start on their learning.

Primary History National Curriculum