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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. 



The Stone Age.

How did the life of Ancient Britons change during the Stone Age? Explore the popular beliefs about the Stone Age and why Stone Age people lived in camps not caves. Use artefacts to explore how Stone Ages people lived and make comparisons to modern life. Research about Stone Henge and other significant buildings that were created in the same period.

Vikings and Anglo-Saxons.

Explore Anglo-Saxon Britain and what life in Britain was like under Viking rule. Locate Viking settlements on a map and understand how and why the Viking territory expanded. Understand exactly who the Vikings were and what they looked like.


To understand the achievements of one of the earliest civilizations – The Ancient Egyptians. Explore where and when the first civilizations appeared and to understand the chronology of this. Use artefacts and sources to find out more and understand the importance and impact the Ancient Egyptians had.



What impact did Romans have on Britons? Explore the reasons why the Roman Empire started and why Julius Cesar was a significant Roman figure. Use artefacts to explore Roman life and what Britain was like during the Roman times and compare them to the modern day.

Britain in the 60s.

Explore an aspect or theme of British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066. To find out about the key events that occured in Britain during the 1960s. Looking at culturla and sporting events and the impact this had on the towns and cities of Britain. Looking in more detail at what the city of Liverpool was like during this decade.

Ancient Greece.

Investigate the life, achievements and influence of the Ancient Greeks. To use chronological skills to create timelines and understand how long the Ancient Greek period was. Use sources to understand the impact the Ancient Greeks had on modern day life by looking at how they dealt with law and order and parliament. Use artefacts to find out just how powerful the Ancient Greeks were.


Updated Jan 2020



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.