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As Historians, children at Beacon View Primary Academy are inspired to want to know more about the past and understand how Britain has developed over time. Through carefully planned specific historical units, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world and to be able to communicate historically.

By the end of KS2 all pupils leave Beacon View:

  • Knowing and understanding the chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day
  • Knowing and understanding how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • Knowing and understanding significant aspects of the history of the wider world
  • Having gained and deployed a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • Understanding 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
  • Understanding 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

Whole School Overview


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Year 6




Family History

Historical significance


What is my family history?



Longitudinal study: community and family

Change & continuity


How has my community changed over time?



Stone Age & Iron Age

Similarity & difference


How was life in a prehistoric settlement different to life today?




Similarity & difference


How was life similar for Mayans and Ancient Greeks?



Roman Empire

Change & continuity


How did the Roman Empire change over time?



Settlement by Anglo-Saxons

Similarity & difference


What can we learn about the Anglo-Saxons from what we see today?







How do castles keep people safe?



Great Fire of London

Historical significance


Why do we call the Great Fire of London ‘great’?



Ancient Egypt



Why were Pharaohs so powerful?



Early Islamic Civilisation

Historical significance


What did the early Islamic civilisations do for us?



Roman Empire in Britain



How did the Romans keep control of Britain?



Viking invasions



Why do the Vikings have a violent reputation, and do they deserve it?




History of Transport

Change & continuity


How has transport changed over time?



Comparison of explorers

Similarity & difference


Was Tim Peake a better astronaut than Neil Armstrong?



Ancient Greece

Historical significance


How did the Ancient Greeks change the way we think today?


Local History

Historical significance


Why is [X] famous today?

How has [location] changed since [date]?

How has [local feature] been important in our community?



Longitudinal study: quest for knowledge

Change & continuity


When did Europe have a Golden Age in technology?



Longitudinal study: power, empire and democracy

Change & continuity


How have people’s rights in Europe changed over time?

Respect | Responsibility | Resilience

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