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At Amesbury Primary School, we believe History to be not just about the learning of facts and dates, but we encourage children to become detectives who explore the past in an exciting way. Through the study of people and periods of the past, our pupils begin to have a fuller appreciation and comprehension of history at personal, local, national and international levels.  They can start to understand that what has happened before does influence our lives today and for future events.  Awareness of historical phases, whether positive or negative, will be examined and we aim to give your children as full an appreciation for the topic as possible.

History is taught mainly through a topic-based approach, and it gives pupils opportunities to explore using a wide range of sources.  In addition to this, we have a designated History Pause Day in which all of our classes across the school concentrate on a particular period for one day, and create short but exciting hands-on activities to enthuse the children about that time.

History allows our children to examine the reasons why our lives have changed, to learn about influential historical characters, not always the most famous personalities, and expand our thinking skills. We teach children to be open-minded and enquiring, to discuss and begin to understand the cause and effect of changes, both good and bad. We want them to understand how people have lived in the past and compare this to modern life. We encourage first hand experiences through handling of real artefacts and, wherever possible, by arranging fieldwork visits to relevant sites of historical interest in the region, or by inviting specialists for in-school workshops.

List of topics per term – 2018-19:

Year Group

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Year 1

I’ll huff and I’ll puff

Changes within living memory revealing aspects of national life, including changes within homes.



Let’s face the music and dance

The lives of significant individuals in Britain’s past who have contributed to our nation’s achievements, including music by Spice Girls, The Beatles, Queen, One Direction.



Year 2


God save the Queen

Events that are beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally, including the Coronation, shopping basket in 1953. 

Great Explorers

The lives of significant individuals in Britain's past who have contributed to our nation's achievements, also including Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus.



A significant event beyond living memory.

Oh I do love to be beside the seaside

Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally, such as local events 100 years ago.

Year 3

Rock and Roll

Stone Age to the Iron Age, including: Hunter gatherers, Early farming, Bronze Age and Iron Age.

One Potato, two potato

Leisure and entertainment in the 20th Century.



Groovy Greeks

A study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world.


Year 4

Batteries not included

Crime and punishment from the Anglo-Saxons to the present day.

The Empire Strikes back

The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain, Julius Caesar, Hadrian’s Wall, Boudicca, Romanisation of Britain.


Bouncy Castles

A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends beyond 1066: such as The Norman invasion and its impact on British society.



Year 5



A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronology beyond 1066: such as The beheading of Charles I, The Gunpowder Plot, The Civil War, Great Fire of London.


May the Force be with you

A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronology beyond 1066: such as The Second World War.

Walk like an Egyptian

The achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of the impact the Ancient Egyptians had on our society.


Year 6


Let there be Light

A non-European society that provides a contrast to British history, such as Early Islamic civilization, including a study of Baghdad in AD900.


Vicious Vikings

The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the kingdom of England, including Viking raids and Edward the Confessor.


(To be decided)

Britain’s settlements by Anglo-Saxons and Scots;

Anglo-Saxon invasions, settlements, kingdoms, names and places, art and culture and Christian conversion.