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Historians of Sea View


The purpose of History

A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.



The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all 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.


Meet Harry History

Harry is part of our Curriculum Crew who is introduced at the start of each topic and lesson, providing a visual link to lessons and allows our children to focus on the skills needed in the upcoming tasks.

Harry is featured as part of our History Pathway Journey - allowing the children to revisit and consolidate prior learning .



We have been looking at the celebration of Chinese New Year. As part of this we have been looking at past celebrations that we have been a part of. We thought back to times where we celebrated a birthday, Christmas or Halloween and how that was special to us.


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We talked about when we got presents for our birthday.


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We talked about getting dressed up for Halloween.


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We talked about going to our friend's birthday party.


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We talked about when we celebrated our birthday with balloons and cake.


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We talked about when we celebrated Christmas with Nanna.

We have been learning about the past and talking about when we were babies. Our parents sent in photographs of when we we were born and we played Guess Who? 

It’s was lots of fun guessing and spotting ourselves as a baby. We had to look for clues  as to whether the photograph looked like a boy or girl, hair colour, eye colour and blanket colour. 

Year 1

We read the story Lost in the Toy Museum and found a letter from the museum telling us that their toys had gone missing! The children were excited to find the artefacts in the classroom and studied them closely. We talked about how they were different to toys today. We then chose an object to label.

Year 2

Famous People & Events:


In Autumn Term we are exploring famous people and events in history.  We will be looking at the life and work of famous men and women including Grace Darling and Florence Nightingale.  In the second half term we will focus on the events of the Great Fire of London; making timelines, exploring historical evidence and artefacts and creating our own Great Fire of Sea View. 



The life and work of Florence Nightingale

The life and work of Grace Darling

The life and work of Mary Anning

We learnt about the life and work of the great fossil hunter - Mary Anning. We created moulds and used plaster of paris to create our own fossils.

Year 3

We kicked off our Year 3 topic with a fantastic Stone Age Experience day. Take a look at our pictures to find out more!

Year 4

We had a great day to introduce our topic by meeting a Roman soldier! We found out about how the Roman Empire began and explored a range of Roman artefacts. We explored a range of items that we use today and discovered that the Romans were the first to introduce them!


We had great fun finding out about the everyday lives of the Romans, including the lives of soldiers. We even had our own battles!

Year 5

Changing Role of Women in History.

Year 5 this term are studying the changing role of women throughout history. We have, so far, looked at a chronological timeline of how women's roles and status has evolved and changed throughout history.

We investigated what life was like for women in the 17th and 18th Century . After reading the rules women had to follow in polite society we used some of the rules to create A Etiquette Guide for Ladies.

Year 6

Crime and Punishment

As part of our History topic, we are beginning to investigate how Crime and Punishment has changed from Roman Britain right to the 21st Century. Take a look at our fantastic posters that show the new laws and changes that occurred during the Medieval period.




Jasper's Beanstalk

A story about a cat called Jasper who finds a bean one morning, but despite all the attention he lavishes on it all week, the bean refuses to grow, but a long time afterwards, Jasper receives a happy surprise. Illustrated in colour by Mick Inkpen.

During our topic of 'Jasper's Beanstalk', we learned about the days of the week.

Jasper did a different job each day to help his bean to grow and he had to wait a long time for his plant to get bigger and bigger.


We made our own beanstalk using natural materials, built castles in the shaving foam clouds, ordered the life cycle of a bean and used the interactive whiteboard to plant our own garden.

We talked about the name of each of the seasons and about what changes occurred with each new season. We know that Autumn sees the changing colours and falling leaves and that the weather gets much colder in Winter. We then matched the appropriate symbols with each of the seasons


We talked about what a family tree is and how it shows who is in your family. It also helps us to tell our family story and share information about our past. We have been focusing on who in the family is the oldest and who is the youngest. We made drawings to share this information. 

In Reception, we have enjoyed sharing family photos and discussing our family members. We have also looked at photos of ourselves as babies and compared the photos to what we look like now, identifying how we have changed over the years. We had so much fun playing 'guess the baby' with our friends. 

Year 1

School in the Past

In Year 1, we experienced a historical school day so we could make comparisons with schools today. We sat in rows, recited our numbers, wrote on blackboards, had a visit from the nit nurse and completed nature studies. We even finished off the day with play time where we took part in traditional games, including marbles!

To help us understand what history is the children brought photos from home from key events in their lives, they then used these photos to help them create a timeline of their lives.


To help us understand our history topic 'then and now' we have received a box of artefacts from the museum. The children have took on the role of archeologists and analysed the artefacts, they have written labels to identify each object and they have sorted the objects into old and new. 

Year 2

Significant People and Events in History

We have been learning about significant woman in history including Florence Nightingale, Grace Darling and Mary Anning. We've thrown ourselves into their shoes through drama and written letters in the role of Kings and Queens to congratulate them on their success.  We been on fossil excavations with Mary Anning; creating our own plaster casts of dinosaurs and even made thank you cards to Florence Nightingale in the role of Crimean soldiers.  We completed our studies with a trip to the Hancock where we loved exploring the fossil and dinosaur exhibitions.

When learning about Mary Anning we became our very own fossil hunters and created fossil moulds using dinosaurs and clay.  We then cast our creations using plaster of paris!

Year 3

We have learning all about Stonehenge and we worked in teams to create these fantastic Stonehenge models.

The Stone Age

Year 4

We had a great opportunity to experience life as a Roman. We used a range of Roman equipment as well as handling real Roman artefacts!

The Romans

In year 4 we have looked at the Romans. We started looking at where they fit in on a timeline and how Rome was founded.


We started to look at the different emperors of Rome and how they tried to conquer Britain. we were surprised to see the different equipment a Roman has to wear when they are in both battle and in training.

Year 5


Changing Role of Women in History.

Year 5 this term are studying the changing role of women throughout history. We have, so far, looked at a chronological timeline of how women's roles and status has evolved and changed throughout history.


Our first challenge was to use primary and secondary sources to conduct research about significant women in the 18th and 19th Century . We conducted research before presenting our research in an interesting way. Working as a team we were each given role and shared our findings through mini presentations.


Rosa Parks.

A remarkable woman who was a catalyst for change in America. We discovered how once again actions speak louder than words. Inspired by  Rosa Parks we recalled the key events and wrote news reports  explaining why she is one of our remarkable women  in history.

The Rosa Parks story (dramatisation) | History - True Stories

Rosa Parks tells the story of her life, and how her refusal to give up her seat on the bus in Alabama in 1955 led towards equality and justice for everyone, whatever the colour of their skin.

Year 6

Crime and Punishment

As part of our History topic, we are beginning to investigate how Crime and Punishment has changed from Roman Britain right to the 21st Century. Take a look at our fantastic posters that show the new laws and changes that occurred during the Medieval period.





During our topic of growth, one of the stories we are using is 'Jasper's Beanstalk'. Using the days of the week, we are learning about the time concepts of the present as well as yesterday and tomorrow.

Jasper's Beanstalk

We looked at pictures of different aged children, ordered them and matched them to appropriate clothing, toys and utensils. We talked about how we are able to do much more for ourselves now, than in the past when we were babies, and about how some of our siblings and friends are older or younger than us. 

When we were babies


We looked of ourselves as babies to understand the past and how we have grown. We then looked at ourselves now to draw self portraits. We could see the changes in our appearance. 

We shared the story, 'Avocado Baby' and discussed what we were like as babies in the past, and then compared to ourselves now. We used words such as, 'in the past' and 'a long time ago'.

Year One

We have been learning about the history of toys! 

We have looked at toys we play with today, including our favourite toys at home, and compared them to toys that children played with in different eras. 

We thought about the different ways we can learn about toys from the past and decided to research using the internet or ask our older family members to find out more about toys from the past. 

We made Victorian toys such as a thaumatrope and a ball and cup!

Year Two

The Great Fire of London

In Year 2, we learned all about the Great Fire of London! We discovered what life was like at the time of the fire and found out about people who were important. We completed lots of research, writing and even performed our own news report about the Great Fire of London.

Nathan's News Report about the Great Fire of London

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Year Three

The Stone Age

We enjoyed learning all out the Stone Age.  We compared how Stone Age people lived to how we lived today and looked at features of the time that may have influenced how we live our lives.  

Year Four

In the autumn term we have looked at the Romans. We looked at important people in Roman times such as Roman Emperors and Boudicca. We have also looked at different Roman infrastructure.

We were lucky to get to go on a trip to Vindolanda in Northumberland. We enjoyed looking at a Roman fort. We seen some fantastic Roman artefacts.

Year Five

Women Through History

In the Autumn term, we looked at how the role of women has changed throughout history. We were shocked at how few rights women had centuries ago and learnt about the progression of women over the years. During the topic, we studied some fascinating eras of history including the Suffragette movement, Victorian etiquette and spying during WW2. In addition, we learnt about inspirational women such as Amelia Earhart and Rosa Parks.

Suffragette Speeches and Wanted Posters

Victorian Etiquette

Amelia Earhart

WWII Spying Guides

Rosa Parks

Year Six

Crime and Punishment 

As part of our History topic, we investigated how Crime and Punishment has changed from Roman Britain right to the 21st Century. We enjoyed finding out about some of the gruesome punishments and the common crimes committed. 

An overview of Crime and Punishment through the eras…

The Bow Street Runners and the introduction of the Metropolitan Police…

Modern Detection and Prevention of crimes…


  • Reception 92.45
  • Year 1 93.05
  • Year 2 92.97
  • Year 3 94.34
  • Year 4 93.01
  • Year 5 94.75
  • Year 6 91.90
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