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At Harold Wood Primary School we follow the 2014 National Curriculum for History in order to help the pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world. As well as teaching History in a creative way - including drama, dance, art, music - we aim to develop pupils' curiosity to know more about the past, to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence and to consider different points of view and arguments, as well as historical concepts such as chronology, continuity and change, cause and consequence.


Click this link for more information on the 2014 National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2


You can read the school's History Policy on our Policies page.


In the Early Years Foundation Stage children will listen to stories and ask how and why; use the past, present and future tense; talk about the past and present in their own lives and the lives of family members; recognise similarities and differences between families and traditions, objects and materials; and role play and make up stories.


The topics in Key Stage 1 are based on:
  • changes within living memory.
  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.
  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievement.
  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
 The topics in Key Stage 2 are based on:
  • changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.
  • the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.
  • Britain's settlement by Anglo-Saxons.
  • the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.
  • a local history study.
  • a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' knowledge beyond 1066.
  • the achievements of the earliest civilizations.
  • Ancient Greece.
  • a non-European society that provides contrast with British history.


Within this framework the school has an element of choice and for 2014 -2015 chose the topics outlined below.

We will be evaluating and making changes to these as and when we feel it is appropriate.


Current overview of History topics in Key Stage 1 and 2

Year 1
Why is the Wii more fun than Grandma and Grandad's toys?
The Great Fire of London.
Local history and the school building.


Year 2 

What was it like when Queen Elizabeth came to the throne in 1953?

Mary Seacole.
What were the people like in our area 100 years ago?


Year 3
Stone Age to Iron Age.
Local History - Harold Wood.
Ancient Greece.


Year 4
The Romans.
The Norman Invasion.
Who were the early lawmakers?
Leisure and entertainment 100 years ago. 


Year 5
The Anglo-Saxons.
Why should gunpowder, treason and plot never be forgotten?
Ancient Egypt.
How could Hiltler have convinced a nation like Germany to follow him? 


Year 6​​​
The Vikings
The Mayans