'We are not makers of history.  We are made by history.'

Martin Luther King, Jr.

History at Scotts Primary School

Intent: The intent of our History curriculum is to create a chronological narrative and historical consciousness in our children, led by enquiry based research and the interpretation of human history.  As a result of this they will:

  • Increase and develop their historical skills, concepts, knowledge and attitudes.
  • Increase their understanding of the present in the context of the past.
  • Develop and use their skills in enquiry, analysis, evaluation, and argument.
  • Develop their interest in the past, arousing their curiosity and motivation to learn.
  • Develop a sense of identity through learning about the past. 

History Overview 2021 to 2022

History Rationale 2021 to 2022

The Key Skills and Our Enquiry Approach

Our History Curriculum

Year 1

Changes in National Life and Changes within living memory


Enquiry Question: Which toys are the best, past or present?

Lives of significant individuals from the past

Elizabeth ll and Queen Victoria

Enquiry Question: Does wearing a crown make you a queen?

Lives of Significant Individuals from the past

The Moon Landings

Enquiry Question: How have people of the past influenced our lives?

Year 2

Lives of significant individuals from the past

Flight - Amy Johnson and The Wright Brothers

Enquiry question: Who was the most significant to flight aviation?

Lives of significant individuals from the past

Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole

Enquiry question: Who was most significant to our history of nursing and why?

Events beyond living memory

Great Fire of London

Enquiry question: What caused homes to burn down?



Year 3

Changes to Britain

Stone Age to the Iron Age

Enquiry question: Which was most significant to Britain - the Stone Age, Bronze Age or Iron Age?

Ancient Egyptians

Enquiry question: How can we use fragments of evidence to learn about how the Egyptians lived, their religious beliefs and their lasting legacies?

Year 4

The Roman Empire and Its Impact on Britain

Enquiry Question: What was the impact on Britain after the Roman invasion?

Britain's Settlement by the Anglo-Saxons and the Scots

Enquiry question: What was the impact on Britain during this period of time and after the Anglo-Saxons?

Year 5

The Vikings 

Enquiry question: Were the Vikings raiders and pirates or traders and settlers.

Ancient Greece

Enquiry question: In what ways have the Ancient Greeks influenced our lives today?

Non-European Study

The Mayan Civilisation

Enquiry question: Who were the Mayans and how can we be sure what life was like for the Maya a thousand years ago?

Year 6

A British study that extends beyond 1066

The Victorians

Enquiry question: Were the Victorian times a Dark Age or a Golden Age?


Enquiry Question: What significant effect did WW1 have on the rest of the world?

Local History Study linking to RAF Hornchurch


Enquiry question: Why was our local town of Hornchurch so important in the past?