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St Barnabas

& St Paul's Church of England Primary School


History fires pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised there politics, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions.


In St Barnabas and St Paul’s history is taught through the creative curriculum which allows children to link subjects together e.g. Art, etc to make it more meaningful, fun and have more of a purpose.

Teachers try to be as creative as possible whether the children are creating stained glass windows to creating their own song containing factual information.


We are now taking the topics and the objectives from the new curriculum.  The topics are as follows;




Aspiring Individuals

Explore why and how the lives of aspiring individuals, in the past, have contributed significantly to the changes within our society. Looking closely at their achievements both nationally and internationally.

Helen Keller, Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong. To develop children’s awareness of historical events linked to these individuals.



Investigate and research why and how transportation nationally and internationally has changed and evolved over the years. Compare and contrast transport from the past to current.


Blackburn’s History

Look closely at the local history of our area and identifying some similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods of time.



Significant Events in British History

To know where some people and events fit into a chronological framework by using common words and phrases about the passing of time (before, after, a long time ago, past). Children to recognise the distinction between past and present in their own and other people’s lives.


People who have changed the World

To research and explore significant people who have changed the World. Looking closely at how and why they have changed the World and what changes are present today.



To explore how technology has evolved over the years. Children to look at how and why existing technologies have evolved into something far more powerful and greater than we had in the past. 


Updated Jan 2020



Viking and Anglo –Saxons; This will include Viking raids and invasion. The resistance by Alfred the Great and Athelstan, first king of England.  Further Viking invasions and Danegeld.  The Anglo-Saxon laws and justice.  Finally Edward the Confessor and his death in 1066.

Roman Empire and its impact on Britain; This will cover Julius Caesar’s attempted invasion in 55-54 BC. The Roman Empire by AD 42 and the power of its army.  The successful invasion by Claudius and conquest, including Hadrian’s Wall.  British resistance, e.g. Boudica.  The “Romanisation” of Britain: sites such as Caerwent and the impact of technology, culture and beliefs, including early Christianity.

A local History Study; A study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality. Significant turning points in British history.  Looking at the change in Britain since the industrial revolution on society with the inventions of locomotive steam engines, transport, canal network, railways and looms. How did this affect Blackburn?



British settlement by Anglo Saxons and the Scots; The Roman withdrawal from Britain in c. AD 410 and the fall of the western Roman Empire. The Scots invasions from Ireland to north Britain (now Scotland) Anglo-Saxon invasions, settlements and kingdoms this will cover place names and village life.  Anglo-Saxon art and culture. Christian conversion – Canterbury, Iona and Lindisfarne.

Changes in Britain the stone age to the iron age; Late Neolithic hunter-gatherers and early farmers, e.g. Skara Brae. Bronze Age religion, technology and travel, e.g. Stonehenge. Iron Age hill forts: tribal kingdoms, farming, art and culture.

A local history study – WW2 in Blackburn area; A study over time tracing how several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality.



British History; A study which extends chronological knowledge beyond 1066.  Leisure and entertainment in the 20th Century post 1945 entertainment.

A local history study on the Victorians; Changing power of the monarchs such as John Anne and Victoria and the impact they had on social history such as crime and punishment

Earliest Civilizations; An overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of Ancient Egypt.



A local History Study on the Tudors; Tudors looking at the how their rule has impacted our current way of life. For example the change in religion and the change in culture from producing little or no books and manuscripts to at the end of Henry VIII reign becoming a patron of arts and literature.

Rememberance; Look at both WW1 and WW2. Links to British values running through the unit. Look at the impact of the war upon Britain. Look at the countries that were involved in the wars. Look at the effects of Hilter-R.E links.

Mayan Civilisation; A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history.