EYFS and Key stage 1 History Topics

Explorers 2

Discoverers 1

Pathfinders (KS1)


Rec/Year 1

Year 1

Year 2

-Happy to be me

(Family trees element)

-What on Earth

(Old things element)

Come fly with me-Asia

(Asian culture)


-Children’s Champion

(Thomas Bernardo, charity)

-Powhaton People


-Let’s play

(Old and New toys)

-No Place like home

(Old and new buildings)

-Medicine Woman

(Story of Elizabeth Blackwell, doctor)

-Come Fly with me-Arctic circle

(Inuit people)

-Unity in the community

(changes in school and surrounding area)

-Royal Patrons

(Comparing Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II)


-Inter Nation media station

(Early communications)

-Zero to Hero

(History of significant individuals)

-Jurassic Hunter

(Mary Anning, Fossil finder)

-The Visionary

(Ada Lovelace, inventor and computer programmer)


Key stage 2 History Topics

Adventurers (Lower KS2)

Navigators (Upper KS2)

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

-Lightning Speed (Internet)

-Come fly with me


-Viking Warrior

(Ragnar Lothbrok)

-Athens V Sparta

(Greeks lives)

-Under the Canopy


(Additional topic- Famous Scientists)

-That’s all folks


-Lindow Man

(Prehistoric Britain)

-Cry Freedom


-Saxon King

(Harold Godwinson)

-A world of bright ideas


-Come fly with me


-Pharaoh Queen


-You’re not invited

(Roman invasions)

-The Rescuers


-Mission control

(Earth, Sun and Moon)

-I have a dream


-Time Team

(History of local area)

-Wars of the world

(World War 1 and 2)


History has always been held in high regard at Ashleigh Primary School. We pride ourselves on our creative learning environment and classroom displays. The history curriculum at Ashleigh makes full use of resources within the immediate and wider local area enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the history of their locality.

Topics are informed by the national curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area. The history curriculum at Ashleigh is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy.

In line with the national curriculum 2014, the curriculum at Ashleigh aims to ensure that all pupils: Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past; Are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement; Begin 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.

History is taught through thematic units, so that children achieve depth in their learning. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school.

By the end of year 6, children will confidently be able to use specific historical vocabulary as well as have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this are studies of world history, such as the ancient civilisations of Greece and the Egyptians.

Cross curricular outcomes in history are specifically planned for, with strong links between the history curriculum and geography, art, design and technology and literacy lessons enabling further contextual learning. Planning is informed by and aligned with the national curriculum. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.

Outcomes of work are monitored to ensure that they reflect a sound understanding of the key identified knowledge. Within our knowledge-rich approach, there is a strong emphasis on people and the community of our local area.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for all children in Foundation Stage to have an ‘Understanding of the World; people and communities, the world and technology’ by the end of the academic year.

Outcomes in topic and literacy books, evidence a broad and balanced history curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Children review the agreed successes at the end of every session and are also asked what they have learned comparative to their starting points at the end of every topic.
Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking and questioning which helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and are curious to know more about the past. Through this study, pupils learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Regular school trips provide further relevant and contextual learning.

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