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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery


Intent of our History curriculum


We intend to provide a high quality history curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about the history of Britain and the wider world; learn about the lives of significant people of the past; understand the methods of historical enquiry and be able to ask and answer questions. We teach children 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. We want children to enjoy and develop a life-long love of learning about history by gaining this knowledge and skills.

Curriculum maps

Spring term Year 2- Great Fire of London Museum visit.

Year 2 had a wonderful morning investigating different artefacts linked to The Great Fire Of London.

Autumn Term  Year 2 The Great Plague

Year 2 have produced an amazing display of their learning about the Plague.

Autumn Term  Year 5 Investigating democracy

Through role play, we investigated the origins of democracy in Ancient Greece.  The topic under debate was whether a magnificent temple to the goddess Athena should be built.  After a public discussion and a vote, it was decided that such a monument would be an asset to Athens. 

Autumn term Year 2 Plague home learning.

Year 2 created some wonderful home learning linked to their history topic: The Great Plague. The children focused on researching and making their own plague doctor masks.

Autumn Term 2021 Year 1 Old and New Toys Workshop 

In History this half term, Year 1 are learning about old and new toys. Today, Kate from Stevenage museum came into school to give us a workshop all about toys. We looked at photos from the past and present and discussed how we can tell if they are old or new. We also investigated lots of different toys from different time periods and thought about how old they might be. 

Autumn term 2021   Black History Month

During October we celebrated Black History Month.  The children explored the lives of inspirational people including: Marcus Rashford, Mary Seacole, Rosa Parks, Matthew Henson, Mae Jemison and Lewis Hamilton.  Nursery, Reception and Year 2 also explored musicians.

Autumn Term 2021  History learning across the school

Autumn Term 2021 Year 6 World War Two Workshop

Year 6 took part in a brilliant World War Two day in school led by Kate from Stevenage Museum.


The children experienced life preparing to be evacuated to the countryside. They were told about the importance of identity cards and were given their own to complete. They also had evacuation tags to fill in as well as learning about rationing of clothes and food.

The children then handled a range of WW2 artefacts where they asked questions about what they were, what they were used for and who they belonged to. The children enjoyed dressing up as Nurses, Air Raid Wardens and Billeting Officers.

Autumn Term 2021 Year 3 visit to Celtic Harmony

Year 3 visited Celtic Harmony as part of their learning on the Stone Age.  They spent the day hunting and gathering, cooking soup, building dens, hunting animals alongside trading for goods and learning about Stone Age tools.

Summer Term 2021 Year 4 - Ancient Egyptians

Stevenage Museum visited Year 4 as part of their learning about the Ancient Egyptians. They took part in a fantastic workshop where they explored artefacts, wrote using hieroglyphics and even mummified a body!

Summer Term 2021   Year 4  Ancient Egyptian home learning

As part of their learning about Ancient Egypt, Year 4 created some fabulous Egyptian sarcophaguses.

Summer Term 2021  Year 3 Roman Day

The children took part in a very exciting Roman day where they made clay pots, designed mosaics and learnt about Roman army formations.

Autumn 2020 Black History Month

During October all classes across the school celebrated Black History Month.  Classes read the book 'The Undefeated' and discussed the lives of the people in the book.  Classes explored many different aspects of Black History including: the story of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, the Slave Trade, music artists and celebrated differences in hair, skin and eye colour.  Learning was shared in a whole school virtual assembly.

Autumn Term 2020 - Year 3 visit to Celtic Harmony

Autumn Term 2020 - Year 6 - World War Two