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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;



There’s no place like home; Changes within living memory and where appropriate, these will be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.

Wonderful women; 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 and Edith Cavell. Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale.

All the fun of the fair; Changes within living memory. And where appropriate, these will be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.



Marvellous men; Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally for example, the Great Fire of London.  Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally for example, the first aeroplane flight, first car, first boat (tenuous link to pirates for literacy) etc.

Winter wonderland; Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally for example the Ice age and the Winter Olympics.

Toys R us!  Ways of life. Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

The Great outdoors; The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

The key stage 2 department works on a rolling program of year A and B so topics and objectives do not get repeated.



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.