At Knighton Mead Primary Academy, we believe History should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to investigate theorise and understand. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of the world around them. They should also know how history is relevant in the creation of the world we live in. 

National Curriculum Aims 

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world 
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind 
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’ 
  • understand 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 and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses 
  • understand 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 
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts: understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescale.  


At Knighton Mead, we aim to provide enrichment opportunities for pupils to enhance their experiences and learning. In History we aim to do this through: 

  • Access to creative learning boxes, which contain artefacts and relevant books based on history topics.  
  • Access to CSL workshops, which enhance the children’s understanding of the history topic they are studying.  

Subject Leader/s

Miss Chaudhry  

Autumn Term

National Curriculum Expectations:

  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
  • Pupils should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.


National Curriculum Expectations:


Hi1/1.3 Pupils should be taught about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods.

Space Travel

Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon in 1969.

Tim Peake was the first British ESA astronaut to visit the International Space Station in 2015.


Maria Curie discovered radium and polonium which helps treat cancer.


Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole were nurses in the Crimean war.


David Attenborough is an environmental and wildlife activist. He is campaigning to reduce global warming.

Alice Hawkins was the leader of the suffragettes in Leicester and campaigned for women to be able to

Greta Thunberg

A Swedish environmentalist who is known for challenging leaders to take immediate action for climate change.


Significant Person- a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events in the world.

Astronaut – a person trained by a human spaceflight program to command, pilot, or serve as a crew member of a spacecraft.

Social activist –anyone who fights for a change in society to make a difference.

Nurse -a person who is trained to give care to people who are sick or injured.

Campaign -a campaign is any series of actions or events that are meant to achieve a particular result.

History -the past refers to an earlier time, the people and societies who inhabited it and the events that took place there. History is our attempts to investigate, study and explain the past.

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