Curriculum Statement

We believe History should stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the lives and times of people who lived in the past. We believe children should have a strong awareness of a range of cultural heritages and how they fit into a chronological timeline.

We aim to inspire our pupil’s curiosity through a range of different activities. The children examine both primary and secondary sources of evidence, they visit sights of historical significance through a range of different trips and we encourage visitors to come into the school to talk about their experiences of the past.

The children will learn about a range of different historical periods, some of our current topics include; ‘The Great Fire of London’, ‘Space Travel; Neil Armstrong’, ‘Ancient Egypt’, ‘The Romans’ and ‘World War II’. Through all these topics the ultimate aim is that the children are curious and inspired about the past, so they are able to ask perceptive questions, think critically and develop their own perspectives and judgements.

History Leaders

The History Leaders at Middlestown Primary Academy are an integral part of our leadership team.

They work alongside Mrs Sholi to drive forward improvements in the teaching and learning of History, and they ensure that History has a high profile in school with lessons/events that promote curiosity and acquisition of knowledge and skills.

Furthermore, they help Mrs Sholi monitor History by observing lessons, supporting with pupil voice interviews and looking at learning in workbooks. They hold assemblies and competitions and are just all round History enthusiasts!

We look forward to sharing some of their achievements over the course of this year.

The History Leaders have their own special display board in school which they design linked to a topic that a class are currently learning about.

They chose the Year 3 Romans topic this term and look forward to quizzing the Year 3 children on their knowledge!

Knowledge Organisers

Topics covered in History

Key Stage 1 

Year 1:

  • The Great Fire of London
  • Queen Victoria – Old and New Objects
  • How the Seaside has Changed

Year 2

  • Local Artists – Barbara Hepworth
  • The Titanic
  • The Race to Space

Key Stage 2

Year 3

  • Stone Age to Iron Age
  • Romans
  • Ancient Greece

Year 4

  • Anglo-Saxons
  • Vikings
  • Ancient Egyptians

Year 5

  • The Battle of Wakefield
  • The Tudors
  • Ancient Islamic Civilisations

Year 6

  • Coal Mining Disasters
  • World War II
  • Crime and Punishment through the Ages

Our History Learning

Black History Month

We had a fantastic week celebrating Black History Month.

Coxley Woods Visit

Year 3 had a fantastic morning in Coxley Woods.

They found out what it would have been like to be a hunter gatherer by seeing what could be used as tools and they made their own shelters too!

Stone Age - Iron Age Workshop

Year 3 took part in a Stone Age – Iron Age workshop!

They became archaeologists and identified different artefacts, created some Stone Age art work and made some replica Iron Age jewellery.

The children had a fantastic day and learned lots more about their History topic.


Year 1 Victorians' Workshop

Year 1 have been learning about the Victorians this half term. To start their topic, they had a workshop led by Jeffrey Andrews.

The children explored old and new toys and what life was like as a Victorian school child.






"I like learning about how people used to live their lives, and I like learning about how people discovered different things. - Year 5"
"I love History because it is fun learning about the past and how different it was from today. - Year 6"
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The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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