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"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 History Programme of study, 2014.


Here at Dersingham we ensure children learn about local, national and world history.  Using a variety of resources and educational visits, children are encouraged to ask questions and become critical thinkers.  We aim to teach History in a cross-curricular way, where possible.  Please see below for the topics covered in each Year Group. 




Year Group Autumn Term  Spring Term Summer Term

Main Topic:Green Fingers/Celebrations

Children study how Christmas has changed through the years.

Main Topic: Toys/Great Britain

Children compare and contrast toys of today with toys from the past.

Children study British monarchs.  Compare and contrast Queens (Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II.

Main Topic: Africa



Main Topic: Buildings

Children study the Great Fire of London as well as compare and contrast buildings from the past and present.

Main Topic: I'm Alive

Children undertake a study of a local significant figure - Jack Cornwell.  As well as learning about his life and achievements, children look at the effect his life had on the local area.

Main Topic: Caribbean

Children undertake a study of an international significant figure - Mary Seacole.  Children compare and contrast her life and achievements to Edith Cavell.


Main Topic: Chocolate

Children carry out a study into the Ancient Civilisation of the Mayans.

Main Topic: Treasure

Children study the Vikings.  They learn to place the period on a timeline and explain key achievements and events.

Main Topic:Anglo-Saxons

Children study the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England up to the time of Edward the Confessor.


Main Topic: Pre-Roman Footprints from the Past

Children study the timeline of dinosaurs to humans.  They learn the changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

Main Topic: Bright Sparks

Children study the Ancient Romans.  They learn about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

Main Topic: Chinese Tapestry

Children learn about the Shang Dynasty of Ancient China.  They learn to place early civilisations in chronological order and name some achievements.



Main Topic: Space Explorers

Children study the Ancient Greeks, focussing on their influence on the Western World.

Main Topic: What's on the Menu? Health and Fitness


Main Topic: Making New Materials

Children study the settlement of the Anglo-Saxons and the Scots.


Main Topic: Inventors

Children study famous inventors through time.  They learn to evaluate their impact on the world today.

Main Topic: Crime and Punishment

Children learn to identify and explain changes in social history over a given time period - and examine their impact on the world today.  Key focus - Crime and Punishment.


Main Topic: Let's Design

Children undertake a local history study about the borough of Newham.  They place key events on a timeline and explain why they are significant.



If you have any questions regarding History at Dersingham, please contact the School Office and ask to make an appointment with the History Co-Ordinator.  This is currently Mr Morgan.