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.

Topic Timetable


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 3

The Stone Age   Ancient Egypt

Year 4

Ancient Greece   The Romans

Year 5


Anglo-Saxons & Vikings


The Mayans

Year 6


A Child in Time:
The Life of a 10-Year-Old

The Victorians


History Documents

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