Place and Time

We want young people to marvel at the beauty of natural landscapes, to understand why our environments are changing, and to appreciate how their actions can affect others far across the globe. Primarily though we want them to understand their own local areas and, when they travel, to ‘understand’ the places they visit, rather than just passing through. We want children to consider how the past influences the present and how beliefs and cultures influence people’s actions. We want children, through history, to understand more about themselves and as citizens in our society. We learn about all this through our termly topic approach.

Place and Time is assessed by teachers using formative assessment over the course of a term. Children may record their learning in a variety of mediums including written work, role-play, digital recordings and teachers will assess their understanding throughout the topic. Each term children will have a knowledge-based attainment target and a skill-based attainment target to develop throughout their Place and Time lessons. At the end of the topic, teachers evaluate whether children are learning, knowing or doing in relation to each target.

In Years 1 & 2 the children study a range of historical eras ranging from dinosaurs, to the Great Fire of London. Through the topic ‘The Time Machine’ children are able to explore the Victorians, Florence Nightingale and Christopher Columbus . Children will also develop their skills of comparison by contrasting their own location with another from the wider world and develop language and understanding related to human geography such as town, country, village.


In Years 3 and 4 there is an Invaders and Settlers topic, where children learn about Romans, Celts and Vikings through a range of visitors to the school and practical activities.  Children also study the Tomb Raider topic where they undertake and in-depth study of Ancient Egypt. Through the Pirates of the Caribbean topic, children expand their historical understanding of significant events and people, and also develop their geographical understanding of coasts and sea travel.


Years 5 and 6 children study a World Wars topic covering both World War I and World War II in depth. They also investigate The Tudor topic, where they develop knowledge of the Tudor monarchy, changes in religion which shaped the country and how sea exploration began to expand. Children also study the Disaster Zone where they develop understanding of physical geography features such as Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Mountains.


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