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At MJS, we follow the National Curriculum for History.


Over the course of Key Stage 2, pupils will study the following units:


  • changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
  • the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • Anglo-Saxons and Scots
  • the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor
  • a local history study
  • a study of an aspect or theme in British history post 1066 (a significant turning point in British history: the Battle of Britain)
  • the achievements of the earliest civilisations – an overview of where and when the first civilisations appeared and a depth study of The Indus Valley
  • Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world
  • a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history –Mayan civilization c. AD 900



Our curriculum is developed so that children should leave school with:


  • an in-depth knowledge of the key historical periods in Britain,
  • an understanding of some significant aspects of the history of the wider world,
  • an excitement and passion to pursue History as a subject at secondary school,
  • an understanding of key historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance,
  • an understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’ and key vocabulary such as ‘settlement’ and ‘invasion’,
  • the ability to use evidence to support historical inquiry.