Subject Leader - Miss Mawdsley



History is a valued part of the curriculum at Forefield Junior School as it gives us a sense of identity, set within our social, political, cultural and economic relationships. History fires our children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. It plays an essential part in preparing us for living and working in the modern world. History is about real people who lived in the past and real events which happened, set in a context of time. History is concerned with sequence, time and chronology and is the study of evidence and the past. It 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 the identity and the challenges of their time. Such understanding comes from the study of life in the past, of thoughts, beliefs, emotions, actions and artefacts. In history, children find evidence, consider it and reach their own conclusions. To do this, they need to research, sift through evidence and argue their point of view – skills that are essential in adult life.

We have designed our curriculum to help pupils gain ‘hands-on’ experiences - whilst we cannot time travel we can help them understand how it felt to live in the past through dressing up, handling artefacts and recreating events (such as a Victorian child’s experience of school). In addition, we work with a variety of external partners and visit exciting portals to the past such as Quarry Bank Mill and the World Museum.

History Curriculum


Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 3

The Stone Age to The Iron Age - How did Britain change during Pre-History?

Ancient Egypt - What were the achievements of the Ancient Egyptian civilisation?

Local History Study


Year 4

Ancient Greece - Do the Ancient Greeks still influence our world? Local History Study The Romans - What advances were made in Roman Britain?

Year 5


Anglo-Saxons & Vikings - Did the Anglo-Saxons live in peace with, or in fear of, the Vikings?

British History Beyond 1066 - What impact have Monarchs had on our lives?

Local History Study

The Mayans - Who were the Maya? When and where did they live?

Year 6


The Victorians - What was life like as a 10-year-old child through history in Britain?

Local History Study


History Documents


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