Headfield CE Junior School


History is a version of what happened in the past and why. It involves children studying people in different societies, cultures and countries and evaluating facts to try to understand events, attitudes and values.

At Headfield, we help pupils to develop critical thinking and interpretation skills to look at how the past is represented and interpreted in different ways. Children learn the facts but are also taught the skills of the historian: investigation and research, careful analysis of fact, opinion versus fact and the use of first and secondary sources.

Our main aim is that all our pupils develop a curiosity and empathy about the past, which informs understanding of the present.

History Policy 


History is a statutory subject within the National Curriculum. The 2014 Primary National Curriculum History programme of study develops children’s understanding of British, local and world history by combining overview and depth studies.

At Headfield, History is taught in a creative way through the Cornerstones Curriculum. 

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles, combining whole-class teaching methods with research activities. Wherever possible we link the development of historical understanding with other subjects, such as literacy, geography, citizenship, drama, dance, music, art and ICT.

We offer pupils the opportunity to use a range of artefacts, a variety of reference and fiction books, and a range of historical sources, photos, film and ICT to enhance their learning.

History teaching is enhanced in a variety of ways including:

  • Visits to museums and heritage sites to gain first-hand experiences.
  • Visitors e.g. Roman re-enactors
  • Parental workshops e.g. making Ancient Egyptian masks


Please click on the links below for children to learn and fun with history.




British History


Skara Brae http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/learning/primary/skarabrae/flash/index.shtml

Roman Britain https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zqtf34j
Anglo-Saxons https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zxsbcdm
The Vikings https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/ztyr9j6



WWII https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/ztvckqt/resources/1
Ancient Civilisations
Ancient Egypt https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zg87xnb/resources/1
Ancient Greeks https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z87tn39
Ancient Mayans https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zq6svcw/resources/1
Early Islamic Civilisation https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z3tg4wx/resources/1