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At Springwood Junior Academy we deliver a history curriculum that inspires our children’s curiosity to know more about the past. Through well planned, sequential schemes of work children will gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our curriculum builds historical knowledge and develops the understanding of the big ideas and processes of history, which in turn should support our children to gain an increasingly mature and informed historical perspective on their world.


Our Foundation Stage children will learn about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members and identify similarities and differences between their lives and the lives of others.


As children enter Key Stage One the history focus changes to learning about key national or global events beyond living memory and significant individuals in history. They also complete a scheme of work that focuses on changes in an aspect of life within living memory, for example, changing in shopping since 1940. Aspects of local history are incorporated into this history learning to ensure it is relevant to the context of the school.


In Key Stage Two, history learning takes on a chronological approach, starting with the Stone Age in Year 3. This ensures that children develop a coherent narrative, from the earliest times to the present day, learning how people’s lives have shaped our nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. They will also know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies.


The Key Stage Two curriculum covers the following historical studies:

 - 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 and Scots

 - Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor

 - An aspect or theme of British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066

 - Local history study

 - The achievements of the earliest civilizations with an in depth study of Ancient Egypt

 - Ancient Greece – life, achievements, influence

 - Mayan civilization c. 900 AD


Click here to download the ACET History Overview