Lower key stage 2

An enquiry-based approach to history aimed at developing historical skills, analysis and crucial historical knowledge.

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History Year 3/4

British history 1: Would you prefer to live in the Stone Age, Bronze Age or Iron Age?

Looking at the chronology of mankind, children are introduced to Britain’s story. They use archaeological evidence to find out about the Stone Age, Bronze and Iron Age.

British history 2: Why did the Romans settle in Britain?

Investigating why the Romans invaded Britain and the reaction of the Celts and learning how the Romans changed life in Britain.

What did the ancient Egyptians believe?

Finding out about Egyptian beliefs, children make inferences about beliefs about the afterlife using primary sources. They investigate pyramids, gods and goddesses, and mummified people to identify Egyptian beliefs before creating a video clip to summarise their findings.

How have children's lives changed?

Investigating the changes in children’s lives through time, children learn how children’s spare time, health and work have changed. They explore the most crucial change – work – in more detail, learning about a day in the life of a working child and the significance of Lord Shaftesbury and his impact.

British history 3: How hard was it to invade and settle in Britain?

Developing an understanding of why people invaded and settled, learning about Anglo-Saxon beliefs and the spread of Christianity and assessing the contribution of the Anglo-Saxons to modern Britain.

British history 4: Were the Vikings raiders, traders or settlers?

Investigating whether the Vikings were raiders, traders or settlers, making boats to see if the Vikings were engineers and exploring causes and consequences. Making deductions from sources, identifying the author’s viewpoint and explaining how this impacts the accuracy of the source.

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