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 History at Wymondley is taught through the following content...


Yr 1/2Yr 3/4Yr 5/6
Cycle A

Global Activists from the past - Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai

Oceans and Seas (joint Geog/History topic) - pirates

Famous Artists from the past - Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Van Gogh

Stone Age to Iron Age

Ancient Egypt




Ancient Greece - whole term

- link with European geography



Cycle B

Our School - significant historical events in local area

Great Fire of London - The Plague, Samuel Pepys

Food (joint Geog/History topic) - compare past/present



Aztecs, Mayans and Incas

Roman Empire

Local history study


World War 2 - whole term 

- British history beyond 1066

Anglo-Saxons & Vikings - whole term 

- Local history study


Enrichment OpportunitiesLinks Across the Curriculum







Through this content, the children learn and develop the following skills...


 Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Year 6
























To talk about some changes within living memory. 

Changes in personal life. 

Sequence objects identifying old & new. 

Recognise passing of time e.g. lunchtime/ home time yesterday/today/a long time ago.

Know the difference between the past and present. 

To understand that some things happened before we were born and some things happened a long time before we were born

To start to be able to put some key historical events in chronological order i.e Great Fire of London, Titanic sinking, WW1

Sequence main points of a significant event or a famous person’s life.

Changes in personal life.








Use timeline to place events in order

Understand timelines can be divided in BC and AD 

Use words and phrases: century, deca













Name and place dates of significant events of the period on a timeline.  

Place certain topics on a timeline showing understanding of BC & AD. 

Use words and phrases: century, decade, ancient civilisations, period and topic related vocabulary which denotes the period.


Place current study on timeline in relation to other studies

Know and sequence key events of time studied

Use relevant terms and periods labels

Make links and comparisons between different times in history studied




Place current study on timeline in relation to other studies

Use relevant dates and terms
















Range and Depth of Historical Knowledge























Significant events beyond living memory i.e Great Fire Of London. 

Start to talk about how things were different in years gone by. 

To talk about similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. 

To know about the lives of significant individuals. 

To be aware of significant historical events, people and places in own locality.





To develop an understanding of different events from history. 

To start to talk about how life was different in these periods

 To compare and contrast ways of life at different times.

To start to understand the effects of the lives of significant individuals.

To be able to talk about significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.



Use evidence to describe houses and settlements, culture and the way of life,  people's beliefs and attitudes and differences between rich and poor.  

Use evidence to find out how any of these may have changed during a time period. Suggest reasons for why there were differences between periods.

Show knowledge and understanding by describing features of past societies and periods.  

Identify some ideas, beliefs and attitudes of past cultures giving reason for these differences.  

Describe how some of the past events affect life today.








Study different aspects of life of different people e.g. difference between men and women

Examine causes and results of great events and the impact on people

Compare life in early and late time periods studied

Compare an aspect of life with the same aspect in another period.






Find out about beliefs, behaviour and characteristics of people, recognising that not everyone shares the same views and feelings

Compare beliefs and behaviour with another period studied

Explain past events in terms of cause and effect, using evidence to support and illustrate their explanation

Know key dates, characters and events of the time studied.

Interpretations of History














To begin to understand how we learn about the past. 

Use parts of stories to understand the features of a key event.








To begin to be able to talk about how we learn about the past 

Understand that things are represented in different ways (sources) e.g. using pictures, models, artefacts With support use sources to find the answers to questions.

Explore the idea that there are different accounts of history.











Look at different versions of the same event in history and identify differences

Know that people in the past represent events or ideas in a way that persuades others.



Compare accounts of events from different sources - fact or fiction

Offer some reason for different versions of events.





Link sources and work out how conclusions were arrived at

Consider ways of checking the accuracy of interpretations - fact or fiction / opinions

Be aware that different evidence will lead to different conclusions.

Historical Enquiry





















Identify different ways in which the past is represented

Explore events, look at pictures and ask questions - which things are old and which are new, what were people doing?Look at objects and ask questions and try to answer.











Identify different ways in which the past is represented

Ask questions about the past

Use a wide range of information to answer questions about the past.












Use a range of source material including visits to collate information about the past.

Identify between fact and opinion.

Look at 2 different versions of the same event and viewpoints and identify differences in the accounts.





Understand the difference between primary and secondary sources

Give reasons why there may be different accounts of history looking at propaganda

Ask questions of the source material and suggest sources of evidence from a selection provided to help answer questions.


Begin to identify primary and secondary sources

Use evidence to build up a picture of life in time studied

Select relevant sections of information

Use of library and internet for research with increasing confidence.





Recognise primary and secondary sources

Use a range of sources to find out about an aspect of the past, suggesting omissions and and the means of finding out this information

Bring knowledge gathered from  several sources together in a fluent account

Confident use of library and internet for research.

Organisation and Communication















Sort events or objects into groups (then and now)

Use timelines to order events or objects

Tell stories about the past 

Talk, write and draw about things from the past.






Describe objects, people or events in history 

Use timelines to order events or objects or place significant people

Communicate ideas about people, objects or events from the past in speaking, writing, drawing, role play, storytelling and using ICT.


Present findings about the past using speaking, writing, ICT and drawing skills

Use dates and vocabulary related to topic accurately

Suggest different ways of presenting information for different purposes.

Present findings about the past using speaking, writing, maths (data handling) ICT, drama and drawing skills

Use dates and subject specific words such as monarch, settlement, invader accurately.


Record, select and organise historical information

Communicate knowledge and understanding in different forms.







Use a variety of ways to communicate knowledge and understanding

Select and organise information to produce structured work, making appropriate use of dates and terms.






History in Action at Wymondley...