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At Laira Green, History is taught as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, in accordance with the Key Stages referred to in the National Curriculum for England and Wales.  We seek to provide high-quality history education that will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world.  We use historical evidence to awaken children's curiosity, in turn generating quality discussions, fact finding and debates. 

Through their breadth and depth of study, children will understand the complexities of people's lives; the process of change; the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups as well as their own identities. 

History is led by Mrs Barker who will be updating this page throughout the year with examples of the children's work so please check back regularly to see what we've been learning.

Below is a brief overview of the wonderful history that each year group will be learning during Spring 2019.


Year 1 & 2: History - What do we know about changes in living history? How have our homes changes?

  • I can identify changes within living memory in relation to homes and their contents.
  • I can recall the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to homes over different periods. e.g. Alexander Bell, Tim Berners-Lee, Jamie Oliver and Delia Smith.



Year 3 & 4: History  - Stone Age to Iron Age

  • I can understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • I will note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop appropriate use of historical terms.
  • I will develop a chronologically secure knowledge of events from the stone age through to the iron age.
  • I will know how these people used to live and discover facts about what they ate, their homes and what they wore and understand why this changed over time.
  • I will be able to address historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity & difference and significance.
  • I will also construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information (considering life in these past times and how it compares to life today).



Year 5 & 6: History -The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor

  • Where did the Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Frisians come from? Where else did they go? Where did they settle?
  • Why did they come to Britain and move away from where they were born?
  • What kind of people were they?
  • What challenges did they face in establishing settlement?
  • How much fear did the Viking raids cause?
  • With so much rivalry between Saxons and Vikings – who was more successful?
  • Was there much difference in the lives led by Saxons and Vikings?
  • How important was religion to the Saxons and Vikings?
  • What was it like around this area in Saxon and Viking times?
  • How far can we trust surviving evidence about the Saxons and Vikings?
  • What did the Saxons and Vikings contribute to life at sea?
  • How much from Saxon and Viking times do we use today?
  • We are hoping to visit Lydford as our Educational visit. It is the site of a ‘Saxon mint’ and has the remains of fortifications aimed at keeping the Vikings out. Coupled with this, we hope to walk the length of the Lydford gorge and look at places of interest along the route.



Below is a brief overview of the wonderful history that each year group will be learning during Autumn 2018.


Year 1 & 2: History - The Great Fire of London

The children will be learning about events  beyond living memory that are nationally significant and the people linked to it. This year we are focused on the Great fire of London.  

  • I know the order of events in the great fire.
  • I know where and when the great fire happened.
  • I know and can discuss the lives of Samuel Pepys and Christopher Wren.
  • I can write a diary based on the great fire.

As a part of this topic we hope to make a miniature city to recreate the fire of London.


Year 3 & 4: History  - Ancient Greece

  • to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study;
  • note connections and contrasts over time;
  • develop the appropriate use of historical terms;
  • address historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference;
  • construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information;
  • understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources and that different versions of past events may exist, giving some reasons for this.


Year 5 & 6: History - Ancient EgyptI can find Egypt on a map and understand the importance of the Nile to the Ancient Egyptian civilisation.

    • I can name some of the Ancient Egyptian people, discuss the manner of their burial and understand the importance of the discovery of the tombs in the pyramids.
    • I can place the Ancient Egyptian period on a timeline.
    • I can draw inferences about the lives of ancient Egyptians from looking at wall art, hieroglyphics and other sources.
    • I can list a number of aspects of daily life of Ancient Egyptians.
    • I can write a report of a visit detailing my thoughts and feelings and using historical vocabulary.
  • We will also be visiting Exeter Museum to view the artefacts including a sarcophagus from Ancient Egypt. There, we will complete a questionnaire and gather information for writing a report of our visit.




To help the Year 5/6 children to understand the process of mummification, we mummified a chicken!  Because the process draws out moisture, the chicken doesn't smell and is still residing in our cupboard now!


We also visited Exeter museum to view the Egyptian artefacts.  



The Year 5/6s were tasked with creating something that would provide information about Ancient Egypt.  This could be a model, a PowerPoint, piece of art etc.  We had some fabulous presentations.  Please see each classes gallery of exhibits brought in and also the gallery of clay masks that they made in DT.



 To bring their Greek topic to life, Year 3/4 had a visit from international storyteller and author, Clive Pig.  The interactive workshop was a great success.



Year 3/4 has been designing and making Greek temples to support their learning with some stunning results.



Linking with their learning about the Great Fire of London and providing PSHE skills, Year 1/2 were excited to receive a visit from some firefighters who discussed fire safety in the home and explained what they do.  The children were very interested and asked some super questions ... in addition to enjoying a bit of dressing up!




Year 1/2 has been busy during 'No Pens Day' recreating London by building churches, bridges, houses, towers and carriages.