A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. National Curriculum 2014

At Langney Primary School, we are in full agreement with the National Curriculum and strongly believe that by developing the children’s historical learning, we are also increasing their understanding of the current world we live in and the justifications behind certain global, countrywide and local situations. Additionally, our children at Langney are incredibly

special and remarkable children who are not afraid to question situations they do not morally agree with, therefore our History curriculum encourages them to think critically in situations and to ask thought provoking questions. We truly believe, that along with many other curriculum areas at Langney, we are equipping our children to not only succeed in future situations, but to evoke change and to make a positive contribution to the world they live in.

At Langney Primary School, we have developed a Curriculum Coverage Map which is in line with the National Curriculum and ensures that our children are receiving a broad and thorough History education. The National Curriculum is structured in a way that encourages the children’s chronological understanding of History, therefore we have ensured that this is evident in the sequential order our Key Stage Two topics are taught. Consequently, the children begin this learning through timeline activities in Year 3, which are developed throughout every topic in Key Stage Two as the children are able to compare different time periods that they have studied as well as having a clearer understanding of when these events happened.

Our Curriculum Coverage is outlined below:


Key Stage 1

The history curriculum in Key Stage 1 is broken up into four sections, with end of year expectations ensuring progression across year groups. Children in Years 1 and 2 are taught history under four topics:

  • Key Concepts – Changes within living memory

  • Key Individuals – Lives of significant people

  • Key Events – Significant historical events (national and international) beyond living memory

  • Local History – Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality


Year 3

  • Our timeline - Starting with work completed in Key Stage One, classes build a timeline of people, events and places they should already know about

  • Early Civilisations – Selecting from Ancient Sumer; Ancient Egypt; Indus Valley; or Shang Dynasty of Ancient China

  • Early Civilisations - Ancient Greece


Year 4

  • British History – Stone Age

  • British History – Bronze Age

  • British History – Iron Age

  • British History – The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain


Year 5

  • British History – Britain’s Settlement by Anglo Saxons and Scots

  • British History - The Viking and Anglo-Saxon Struggle for The Kingdom of England to the time of Edward The Confessor

  • A Non-European society that provides contrast with British History – Selecting from Baghdad and early Islamic Civilisation; Mayan Civilisation; or Benin (West Africa)


Year 6

  • British History – A study beyond 1066

  • British History - A local history study that investigates a site