Subject Leader:  Mrs Laud

History Governor Visit Reports


The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all Barnabas Oley pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, 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
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • 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 and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • 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

Curriculum statement for the teaching and learning of History

At Barnabas Oley Primary School, we are committed to providing our children with a curriculum which has a clear intention, is implemented to the highest standards and impacts positively upon their learning outcomes.

Read our Curriculum Statement - History.

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Tudor Day - 2022 (Willow and Silver Birch class)



Parents and pupils dress up for WW2 History Day
Parents and pupils dress up for WW2 History Day

National Curriculum Requirements

In Key Stage One, Barnabas Oley pupils are taught about:

  • changes within living memory – where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life
  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries]
  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements, some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and LS Lowry, Rosa Parks and Emily Davison, Mary Seacole and/or Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell]
  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality

In Key Stage Two, Barnabas Oley pupils are 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
  • a significant turning point in British history, for example, the first railways or the Battle of Britain
  • the achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of one of the following: Ancient Sumer, The Indus Valley, Ancient Egypt, The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China
  • 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 – one study chosen from: early Islamic civilization, including a study of Baghdad c. AD 900; Mayan civilization c. AD 900; Benin (West Africa) c. AD 900-1300

Further School Information

The past influences all aspects of our lives. Learning about the past and the methods used to study it helps children to make sense of the world they live in. We aim to bring history to life and to encourage an interest in how our predecessors lived. They will be encouraged to find out about the past, by looking at and interpreting evidence round about them. They will be taught about the development of Britain and civilisations of the past. The story of our village environment provides a wealth of material for this study. See Our History.

There are some exciting topics included in the new History curriculum which form the basis of our topic work.  The topics for History or Geography form the basis of our school trips.  Some trips that we have been on in the recent past include:

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

Wimpole Hall

Hinchingbrooke Country Park

Cambridge Folk Museum

Oxburgh Hall

Denny Abbey

Houghton Mill

West Stow


Warwick Castle

Pupils dress up for our Stuarts and Tudors History Day
Pupils dress up for our Stuarts and Tudors History Day

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