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StPeters Nov18 44Learning history should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.” Working towards this ideal is an essential focus for the history curriculum at St Peter's 8-13.  Learning history will help pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.  It will inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past, which is an essential part of developing an enquiring mind, and promotes curiosity and originality. 

Learning history will equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.  History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as discovering their own identity and the challenges of their time.

History is an exciting subject to learn at St Peter's 8-13.  It combines fascinating stories with challenging questions and ideas, and encourages pupils to think for themselves about both the past and the present. 







Invaders and Settlers (Anglo - Saxons/Vikings)
Chronology Archaeology/Evidence Reasons for invasion Seafaring

Anglo Saxon/Viking Culture Village life Religion Kings and leading figures

The Aztecs

The Aztecs
Sources Farming
Aztec society Religion Cortes and the end of the Empire


The Norman Conquest
Cause and Consequences
William takes control
Castle Building

Could people have fun in Medieval England?
Comparison of life then and now
Town life compared to rural life.
Methods of farming
The importance of the Church
Guilds and Crafts
Medieval Games

The Benin Kingdom
A world study to provide insight into the way in which people lived as part of the Benin Kingdom.


Tudor England
Using source skills to discover the truth about Richard III, discovering how Henry VII made peace and finding out what Henry VIII was really like as a king.

The Reformation
Discovering the reasons for the dissolution of the monasteries, and considering the significance and impact of the changes that were made, independent monastery research task,
describing change and continuity in the church under the Tudor Monarchs.

Elizabeth I
Considering Elizabeth’s secrets to success and the using source skills to make inferences about a selection of her portraits.

Local history study


The Gunpowder Plot
Can we really trust the story that has been told?

Why did Civil War break out in England in the reign of Charles I?
An overview of the causes, prioritising factors and constructing explanation.

How was the Civil War fought?
Visit to the Royal Armouries in Leeds, outcome of fighting.

Why have interpretations of Oliver Cromwell changed over time?
What was life like in Cromwell’s England? An interpretations study into why people have remembered Cromwell in different ways.

What can the Plague tell us about life in London in the Seventeenth Century?
What can we learn about the ideas and beliefs held at the time from the “cures” and “causes” of the Plague?

Local history study


The Social and Economic Impact of the Industrial Revolution
Assessing the nature of change, social impacts and public health reform.

The Slave Trade
Why was it so difficult to abolish the slave trade?
Developing knowledge and understanding of the nature of the trade, and considering interpretations of the abolition.

Local history study

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