The subject lead for History is Miss Foster

History Topics at St George's


Would the Beatles have the X factor?

Is the PS4 more fun than Grandma and Grandad’s old toys?



Who were the Mossley soldiers?

Why was London burning?

Why were Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong very brave people?


How can we rediscover the wonders of Ancient Egypt?

Who first lived in Britain?

What would you have done after school 100 years ago?


Why were the Romans so powerful and what did we learn from them?

Why do we have canals in Saddleworth?



What impact did WW2 have on different people?

Is Ancient Greece really a myth?

Were the Anglo-Saxons really smashing?


Who were the Mayans and what have we learnt from them?

Were the Vikings always vicious and victorious?


During Key Stage 1

Pupils will develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They will know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different peoples. They will use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They will ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They will understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

During the key stage, pupils are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through the following areas of study:

  • Changes within living memory.
  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
  • Significant history evets, people and places in their own locality.

During Key Stage 2

Pupils will continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study. They will note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. They will regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They will construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They will understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources

During the key stage, pupils are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through:

  • Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots
  • The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor
  • A local history study
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • The achievements of the earliest civilizations
  • Ancient Greece
  • A non-European society that provides contracts with British history.

Click here to see the overview and progression of skills of the History Curriculum

Click here to see the topic overview for humanities for 2019-20

Click here for the History school policy

Click here to read the History Programmes of Study: Key Stage 1 and 2 National Curriculum in England