Forestdale Primary School

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History at Forestdale


At Forestdale we want ALL children, including SEND, to be inspired to understand about the past, especially Britain’s past, and how it influences their lives today.  Children are encouraged to question, assess evidence and give their opinions about historical events and figures.


Forestdale follow the National Curriculum for History which can be found by clicking the link below:


The progression of children is mapped across year groups from Year 1 to Year 6 for the following concepts/skills: chronological understanding; knowledge and understanding of past events, people and changes in the past; historical interpretation; historical enquiry; and organisation and communication. 


See Curriculum Progression Map document below for detail.

Each term, across year groups 1-6, children will be taught history through a themes:

  • Autumn – Inventions and Innovation
  • Spring – Empires, leaders and monarchs
  • Spring – Weaponry and Warfare
  • Summer – What is was like to live

For an overview of the historical themes we cover please look at the documents below:

In September 2020 we introduced History exercise books (Y3-Y6 KS1 have general curriculum books) which will be passed up from year groups.  By the time the children leave Year 6 they would have covered the above concepts across the following periods:


  • Year 3 Stone Age to Iron Age
  • Year 4 Roman to Norman Conquest
  • Year 5 Ancient Greece and Victorians
  • Year 6 Mayan Culture and World War I and II


Awards we have received so far.

  • Primary Science
  • Healthy Schools
  • Health for Life
  • Artsmark Award
  • EEF
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Music Mark