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History at Flyford Flavell First School


We want every child to understand how modern culture has been shaped by creating a window to the past. Drawing on events from the past to know how to develop our future positively. They will understand the chronology of many historical events and how they relate to one another.  We will link historical events and key figures to our British Values and understanding the importance of democracy and our sense of identity within our community. We will celebrate our local history and understand how our area has contributed to the wider world. 

Early Years 

Children begin to learn about their immediate history and those of their families. They celebrate significant events such as birthdays and other personal milestones through their celebration assembly. Children follow the chronology of events in the British calendar such as Bonfire Night and Remembrance Sunday as well as a diverse number of other significant cultural events such as Diwali, Eid and Passover. Parents are encouraged to share their own celebratory times so children can develop a sense of personal history. Children develop the knowledge and understanding of change over time through photographs of the immediate locality and through stories. 


Key Stage One

Children will learn about a range of people who have changed the world they live in. They will explore important events that have shaped their traditions.  They will learn about inspiration figures such as Rosa Parks, Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale and Neil Armstrong. 

Children will learn about and explore the events which led to the Great Fire of London. They will consider how it impacted on the capital city and how this catastrophic event compelled change in city design to make London a safer place. They consider how different sources, including the diary of Samuel Pepys and various news reports, provide the knowledge required to be able to recount the key events. Pupils also find out how Space technology and exploration has evolved. This topic is brought to life through a visit to the ThinkTank and Planetarium in Birmingham where the children experience the night skies, how robots and transport have progressed, how exploration has developed and the reasons for this. Children will explore Victorian life and examining how our British Values have changed during and since that time, using a variety of contemporary and secondary resources to research including looking at significant individuals.


Lower Key Stage Two

Children complete an archaeological hunt, using their investigative skills to determine what artefacts may be, what the artefacts may have been used for, and how we can learn about history from them. The children complete timelines of their historical topics to understand the chronology of history and pique their curiosity in the topics. They learn about the Roman invasion of Britain and about the Celtic way of life prior to the Romans' arrival and how England changed during the occupation, considering the affect this legacy has left on life today. They also find out about Boudicca's revolt, and how a historical event can be viewed in different ways depending on personal bias.
Pupils also learn about Egypt, looking at a timeline of important events and comparing this to the Roman period. They find out about ancient Egyptian civilisation and the importance of the Nile to ancient Egyptians. Through class work as well as research, pupils further explore the Egyptian Gods, the pyramids, and the mummification process. 

Children will learn about the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England. They will investigate the Vikings using a range of primary and secondary sources, considering their reliability, and understand the reasons for the invasion. They will also find out about the longer term influence the Vikings had on the United Kingdom investigating how their culture resides with local communities today. The children will also explore the British monarchy and the history of crime and punishment, how it has changed through the ages and understand how it fit into the chronology of British history. They will also consider the reign of Henry VIII identifying how he affected religion, linking this idea with explaining why he married six times. 


Upper Key Stage Two

In Years Five and Six, pupils will develop their knowledge and skills further through the studies of the Viking invasion, the English Civil War, World War Two, Ancient Greece and the Mayans. We will also study the history of our democracy in ‘Yes Minister’, part of our London: Heart of Democracy Summer topic.

The pupils will continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding through these topics of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods studied. They shall note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop their use of historical terms whilst addressing and devising historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference and significance. Through this the children should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information and understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed through studying from a range of resources.