Greenford Church of England VC Primary School

The Church of England


As Historians…

Our children will:

  • Understand the history of Britain as a 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:
  • 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.

 History Knowledge and Skills

Curriculum StatementGreenford's Long term plan for History (including People, Power and Progress) EYFS-Year 6 2023-24

Greenford's Knowledge and Skills Progression including MTPS EYFS-Year 6 2023-24

Greenford's Progression in History (EYFS-Year 6) 2023-24

Historical Concepts - Greenford's Golden Threads

Policies and Documents

 Policy and Provision Overview

Learning Organisers

Key Stage 1



Year 1 - How do our favourite toys and games compare with those in the 1960s?

Year 1 - Who is the greatest history maker?

Year 1 - How do we know so much about where Sappho used to live?

Year 2 - How do we know so much about what happened in the Great Fire of London?

Year 2 - What does it take to be a great explorer?

Year 2 - Why is the history of my locality significant?

Key stage 2 



Year 3 - How did the lives of the Ancient Britons change during the Stone Age?

Year 3 - What is the secret of the standing stones?

Year 3 - How do artefacts help us understand the lives of people in Iron Age Britain?

Year 4 - How did the arrival of the Romans change Britain?

Year 4 - Who were the Anglo Saxons and how do we know what was important to them?

Year 4 - What did the Vikings really want and how did Alfred prevent them getting it?

Year 5 - The story of the Trojan Horse: historical fact, legend or myth?

Year 5 - What happened to the boy behind the golden mask?

Year 5 - Who were the Tolpuddle Martyrs and why were they important?

Year 6 - Why did Britain once rule the largest empire the world has ever seen?

Year 6 - What was life like in Baghdad during the Golden Age of Islam?

Year 6 - How have medical breakthroughs of the last 250 years affected the lives of people in Britain?

Learning Links

 Key Stage 1 History  

Key Stage 2 History

Pupil Voice

"I really enjoyed our trip to Hooke Court.  It was really fun to do lots of things, like marching like Roman soldiers, writing our Roman names using real ink and building an arch using a key stone." (Year 4 child, November 2022)



"Before you had to turn a dial and they had to be plugged in with a wire, mobile phones don’t need wires" (EYFS child, December 2023)

"This is the oldest fire engine in Maiden Newton and they had to pull it along, like a cart." (EYFS child, November 2023)



How do historians discover things about the past?

"They dig up things, look closely at old things.  They may find a fossil.  Sometimes they look at pictures." (Year 2 child, January 2024)

Enquiry focus - Why did Britain one rule the largest empire the world has ever seen? (Year 6)

  • Do you think that your enquiry learning in history this half term will help you with your learning next year?  "Yes because we may learn about the British Empire in Beaminster (Secondary School) Plus it’s generally good to know these things for GCSE or A level history."

Historical Artefacts at Greenford

At Greenford, we feel that it is important to make learning as 'hands-on' as it can possibly be in order to ensure our children are fully immersed in their historical enquiries.  We now have a special 'Historical Artefacts' cupboard where we have collated all our resources so the children can experience hands-on, museum-like experiences within their learning in class.  We are extremely grateful for the donations and loans from families and people of the village that have made this possible and welcome any more artefacts you may have that you want to donate!  





History in Action