History 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 their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Within History at Queen’s Federation we aim to:

  • Provide children with an experience of history, which is both valid and stimulating.
  • Encourage a lively and questioning approach to history, which will enable children to enjoy their learning.
  • Enable children to understand how they themselves fit into the pattern of past and present in Britain and the world.

Yearly Overview

Foundation Stage

Children in the Foundation stage will follow the Early Learning Goals, in which ‘history’ is covered in the Knowledge and Understanding of the World area of learning. By Key Stage 1 children will have a simple understanding of the immediate world around them and how people live. They will be aware of changes within their lives and families. Pupils will have a sense of the passage of time and a basic sense of chronology. The children will have experienced hearing about significant people and events in the past. They will begin to ask questions and suggest answers.

From Year one, all children will follow the National Curriculum programmes of study, which are divided into Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Key Stage 1

Year 1

Changes within living memory; Toy topic.


The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements; Compare Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria

Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Year 2


Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally: Great fire of London, Gun powder plot, Titanic

The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements: Sir Francis Drake, Captain Cook, Christopher Columbus; taught through the fire and ice topic.


Middle Years

Year 3

Ancient Greece


Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age

Year 4


The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history: Early Islamic civilisation.

Later Years

Year 5

Ancient Egypt



Vikings, Anglo Saxons and Scots

Year 6

World War 2.

Local history study:

Cambridge University


The history curriculum as outlined above is often taught in a cross curricular way. For example the Greek topic in Year 3 will make meaningful links to other areas of the curriculum such as Art, DT, Literacy and Science.

Examples of Work

Key Stage 1
Year 1: Old and new toys.

Year 2: Florence Nightingale biography

Middle Years
Year 3: Information page on stone henge

Year 4: Information text on Roman Britain

Later Years
Year 5: A poster showing the importance of the river Nile, from the Ancient Egypt topic.

Year 6: A letter from an evacuee.





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