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Lunsford: A Journey of Success and Excellence


History is a subject that appeals to young learners and we aim to make it engaging for our pupils by choosing subjects that we know will interest them......

History starts as soon as a child is born and in school we teach it from the moment they enter. 

EYFS - the children talk about the order of the school day, what came before, what comes next and in their Early Learning Goal expectations they need to: 

- talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of their family members. 

Key Stage 1 children begin with what they know and consider changes in Home life, School and holidays and compare the past with the equivalent today. We also find the children love the topics about knights and castles, the Great Fire of London, and the lives of famous people such as Florence Nightingale, and Guy Fawkes.

In Key Stage 2 the children learn about:

Year 3 = the romans in Kent, Stone Age, famous sea captains

Year 4 = ancient Egyptians, the Anglo-Saxons, World War 2 in Kent

Year 5 = The Vikings and Anglo-Saxons, Ancient Greece, The Titanic

Year 6 = The Mayan Civilisation, The Victorians, 



Children learn the facts but are also taught the skills of the historian: investigation and research, careful analysis of fact, opinion versus fact, the use of first and secondary sources and so on. Much of the children's English work and art work will centre on the history topic of the term and on any visit to the school you will see examples of history work somewhere on the display boards!

Curriculum overview 2020 -2021





Year 1


‘All Change’ - Chronological understanding ordering old-new

Lives of significant individuals – Florence Nightingale and Guy Fawkes


Noticing Differences – Victorian Homes and Schooldays


Use diff types

of ‘evidence’,

look at real artefacts


Seaside holidays

Changes over time, compare Then and Now. Changes in Living Memory

  Use First Hand    


Use varied historical sources

Year 2


Reasons why

 Guy Fawkes acted as he did



  History skills

Look at artefacts



Great Fire of London – significant national events (2020 Relate to topical Australian fires)

Compare Past/

present, use First Hand accounts

Knights and Castles

Local connections


Historical vocab.

CC. Class roleplay/ Literacy

Heraldry /Art link

Year 3

The Romans in Kent

Archaeological dig

Timelines, B.C /A.D

Roman towns, roads, local links

Ch ‘research’ own area of interest


Stone Age

Timeline, vocab

Local links

Make own St/A tools, practise archaeological skills


(Local connections)

Famous Sea Captains,

Sir Francis Drake,

(Incl the Armada)

Contrast diff viewpoints

of same event

 Admiral Nelson



Year 4




Ancient Egyptians


B.C / A.D

Research skills


Use different sources


The Anglo-Saxons


Why did they come, relate to today’s migrants

Local links, evidence in place names. Role play, contrasting lifestyles


World War II in Kent

Evacuees, home life, food, compare today

Local links incl. airfields

Use First Hand accounts/visitors

Compare different viewpoints English/ Germans


Year 5

The Vikings and Anglo-Saxons


Timeline, Reasons for raids, migration - refer today

Local links, Horsa, Hengist, battles.

Roleplay: V. society.

Look at evidence ,

 from diff sources


Ancient Greeks


Chars.  of

Gr. Civilization, battles, myths

‘Research own topic


Then and Now

Use varied sources

Form opinions

The Titanic

Local link, survivor Frank Goldsmith

Why tragedy happened, compare theories

Use First Hand a/cs


Cross curric links, diaries posters etc



Year 6

The  Mayan Civilisation

When, where,

why so advanced?

Use different sources

C.C Maths: Mayan Numeracy system




The Victorians – life as a Victorian child

C.C link – Literacy

‘Street child’

Key characteristics

 of ‘Victorian’ period

Contrast life rich/ poor/Workhouses


(No real History unit allocated – SATs!)


C.C Shakespeare/ Literacy link