History at Stocksbridge Junior School

For our children at Stocksbridge Junior School, we aim for the History learning to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. As we delve into the past, it should inspire our pupils’ curiosity to know more about various events. We actively encourage our 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.

Our Aims

Through our teaching of History, we aim to ensure all our pupils:

  • Know and understand the history of the United Kingdom from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • 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; achievements and follies of mankind
  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions
  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence (both primary and secondary resources) is used rigorously to make historical claims
  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

History in KS2

Pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources

Pupils should be taught about:

  • 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.
  • The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.
  • A local history study.
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
  • The achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared.
  • Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world.
  • A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history.

Through our Cornerstone Curriculum, we take a creative and thematic approach to learning that will lead our children through many aspects of history through the academic year:

Year 3
  • British history beyond 1066 (significant historical figures and their impact on food and nutrition)
  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.
  • Ancient Greece (a study of Greek life, achievements and their influence on the western world).
Year 4
  • 19th century ocean exploration.
  • The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England.
  • The Battle of Hastings and the Domesday Book.
  • The history of potions and medicines.
  • The history of musical instruments and musical technology.
Year 5
  • British history beyond 1066 (14th century Britain and the Black Death).
  • Significant historical figures/movements in space knowledge and their impact in the UK.
  • Achievements of the earliest civilisations (Ancient Egypt).
Year 6
  • British history beyond 1066 (WWI and WWII, including local history).
  • The Titanic and polar exploration.
  • Non-European society that contrasts with British history (Maya civilization).

Step back in time…


In addition to the engaging and thought-provoking history learning in the classroom, our children will have opportunities to take part in historically education trips and visits during their time at Stocksbridge Junior School:

  • History Van
  • Weston Park Museum
  • Churnet Valley Railway
  • Royal Armouries Museum
  • The Peace Museum…to name a few.