“History is exciting! You get to know lots of things about the past.”  Tom 3L

Our History Vision
The New History Curriculum
What are our history topics in school?

Our History Vision
At Mayfield, we love history! This year, we have been Celtic warriors in battle against the Roman invaders. We have journeyed miles across the Antarctic tundra in the footsteps of Shackleton. We have even mummified a child!

Y3 timeline romansWe also use our timeline of British history, which stretches eight metres down the corridor, from the Iron Age to the present. Unfortunately we couldn’t fit the dinosaurs on – our timeline would have to stretch all the way to France to show the dinosaur extinction!

We enjoy exploring the past, and imagining what it might have been like to live a long time ago. We are excited about all our new history topics, and the way they link to our learning across the curriculum.

The New History Curriculum
Purpose of study
A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should 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 their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Y3 Archaeology DayThe national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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 timescales.


What are our history topics in school?
Y4 Making roman seige weaponsAt Mayfield, we have a cross-curricular approach to teaching history. For instance, Year 3’s ‘Mummies Unwrapped’ is a topic focused on the history of Ancient Egypt. Other curriculum subjects are linked to history, including studying human and animal skeletons in Science by looking at mummies, reading and inventing our own Egyptian myths in English, and making our own papyrus in art.


Explorers then and now.


The history of me.

Once Upon a Time:

Stories, including the Moon Landings.


Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

We are Scientists:

Scientists in Cambridge.

Here we go:

The history of transport.

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Foundation Stage Understanding the world – the history of me and comparing old and new.
Y2 Toys and games. Books vs. The Internet:

The history of story, and the influence of William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee.

Exploring the Poles:

Polar explorers and their links to Cambridge.

A picture tells a thousand words:

Comparing the life and work of significant artists.


A turning point.

Y3 Explorers in Our City:

What can we find out about our local area? And a timeline of British History

Mummies Unwrapped:

Ancient Egypt.

From Stone to Iron:

Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age

Y4 When in Rome:

The Romans in Britain.

Education for All:

The history of education.

The House of Wisdom:

Early Islamic civilisation and Baghdad c.900.

Y5 Beowulf Dragonslayer:

The Anglo-Saxons.


WW1 and the Christmas Truce.


Life in 16th Century East-Anglia.

Y6 Eureka:

The Ancient Greeks.




Comparing invasion threat for WW2 and the Vikings.


We aim to provide children with fascinating and inspiring history learning in our topic lessons. We also offer opportunities for children to explore history beyond the classroom.

We often use the outdoor space as part of our topic work. For instance, Year 3 spent the day being archaeologists in the autumn, Year 6 spent a morning drawing maps on the playground of Ancient Greece, and Year 4 had a Roman invasion battle on the field. Y6 Greek day

We often have trips or visitors to engage children with their learning about the past. This year these include a Year 5 visit to Kentwell Hall, A Year 4 day with Roman siege weapons, and a Year 2 trip to the Scott Polar Museum in Cambridge. We have strong links with our local museums, and are working with them to develop the use of museums in school education.

There are also opportunities for extra-curricular history in school. In Golden Time some children have been working on our corridor timeline, and in the summer we are hoping to have an archaeology club.