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History

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At Hayes Primary School we aim to expose our children to a range of life experiences and expand their understanding of the world they live in. Our History curriculum is designed to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of the British Isles and some of the significant empires and time periods from around the world.

Click below to find out to find out about our children's history learning.

 Year 1

Our history curriculum in year 1 aims to start pushing the boundaries of the children’s historical understanding by considering the history of familiar settings and then expanding their understanding into less familiar settings.


Autumn

The children start by exploring the idea of living memory and the events that can still be remembered by people alive today. We use the history of our school and the Royal Family as a context to explore social change and develop an understanding of the changes our country has gone through.


Spring

In the spring term, the children learn about some of the great explorers that have come before us, including Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. This helps the children consider the impact that people can have on national and international understanding. They examine the different time periods of each explorer and make comparisons between then and now and how the actions of those people have impacted us today.


Summer

In the summer term, the children have an opportunity to apply the skills learnt through their historical learning as they develop their understanding of the area local to our school and questions the reasons for our world being the way it is today.

 Year 2

Our history curriculum in year 2 aims to continue to expand the children’s historical understanding through exposure to increasingly unfamiliar contexts and time periods.


Autumn

In the autumn term, the children develop their historical questioning skills as they continue to explore our local area and make comparisons with similar places in America. The children will also explore significant individuals and their artistic contribution to our society.


Spring

In the spring term, the children learn about the great fire of London (1666) and the changes that occurred in London as a result. They will start by considering what life was like in London during the Stuart period (1603 – 1714), the impact that the fire had on life in London and how the actions the King at the time (Charles II) took to improve the living conditions for the residents of London. The children will then consider how this event has impacted on our lives today.


Summer

In the summer term, the children will learn about the impact of significant individuals on our national and global history and identity through the topic Nurturing Nurses. They will learn about the time period of nurses like Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell and their contribution to society. They will be exploring evidence and thinking critically about how we develop our understanding of events that have happened.

 Year 3

Our history curriculum in year 3 aims to begin to develop the children’s chronological understanding, starting with the History of the British Isles.


Autumn

In the autumn term, the children will be learning about British history from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. The children will start to build their chronological understanding by considering changes in the UK starting over 10,000 years ago. They will start by exploring the life in the Neolithic period and what it would have been like for some of the first farmers. They then consider the construction and significance of Stonehenge before moving on to explore the changes between the different time periods: Stone Age to Bronze Age and Bronze Age to Iron Age. Throughout the topic, the children will be questioning how we know about those time periods and assessing the validity and reliability of evidence including artefacts.


Spring

In the spring term, the children develop their enquiry skills as they explore similarities and differences between the UK, parts of Europe and South America. The children will also explore significant individuals and their artistic contribution to our society.


Summer

In the summer term, the children will extend their learning about British history by studying the period of time when the Romans were present in Britain. The children will build on their chronological understading of the transition from the Iron Age to the Roman occupation. They will consider the changes that occured in the UK and explore the impact of the Romans on Britain and the new inovations that they brought with them. They will investigate Roman catapults and how they were used in battle as well as Roman culture, including religion. They will learn about Boudicca and the circumstances that led to the construction of Hadrian's wall. Throughout the topic, the children will be questioning how we know about those time periods and assessing the validity and reliability of evidence including artefacts.

 Year 4

Our history curriculum in year 4 aims to develop the children’s chronological understanding of the history of the Birtish Isles but aslo develop their understanding of other cultures around the world.


Autumn

In the spring term, the children develop their enquiry skills as they explore similarities and differences between the UK, parts of Europe and South America. The children will also explore significant individuals and their artistic contribution to our society.


Spring

In the spring term, the children develop their understanding


Summer

In the spring term, the children develop their ...

 Year 5

Our history curriculum in year 4 aims to develop the children’s chronological understanding of the history of the Birtish Isles but aslo develop their understanding of other cultures around the world.


Autumn

In the spring term, the children develop their enquiry skills as they explore similarities and differences between the UK, parts of Europe and South America. The children will also explore significant individuals and their artistic contribution to our society.


Spring

In the spring term, the children develop their understanding of the


Summer

In the spring term, the children develop their ...

 Year 6

Our history curriculum in year 4 aims to develop the children’s chronological understanding of the history of the Birtish Isles but aslo develop their understanding of other cultures around the world.


Autumn

In the spring term, the children develop their enquiry skills as they explore similarities and differences between the UK, parts of Europe and South America. The children will also explore significant individuals and their artistic contribution to our society.


Spring

In the spring term, the children develop their understanding of the


Summer

In the spring term, the children develop their ...