History is the study of past events, particularly in human affairs.

We run a major humanities project each year, alternating between a history and geography focus.  This means that children undertake two major history projects during their time with us.  Both are local history studies and have been created in partnership with local theatre company The Common Lot.

Lower Phase

Using the songbook for the Common Lot's 2017 award winning musical show Come Yew In! as inspiration, children explore the role migration has played on the history of Norwich.  Classes select one of the songs as the hook for a wider study.  Past studies have included The Strangers, Magdalen Street and the Kindertransport.

Upper Phase

We keep the upper phase project free to enable us to respond to new projects being developed by The Common Lot.  The last one we worked on was their 2019 show Anglia Square - a love story.  Planning is already underway for the upcoming project which will focus on he city's Mile Cross housing estate.

Everything happens somewhere - integrating geography

We use our local history projects to deepen our understanding of human and physical geography carrying out map work and making observations of the built and natural environment.

History research conference

We use the history research conference as the format for our history showcase event.  Children get the opportunity to present their research to peers and also listen to others talk.  In our inaugural event in 2019, we invited a local junior school to join us for the conference.

Working as historians skills

In order to ensure that our children get the opportunity to think and do as historians we have set out the following skills to underpin their work:

  1. I can carry out research from a range of sources
  2. I can analyse my research
  3. I can interpret my research
  4. I strive for excellent written and verbal communication
  5. I am interested in human behaviour, culture and society
  6. I am curious and open-minded

Assessing history

Click here to find out how we assess history.


Click here to visit our historians blog

REAL curriculum 2021 - 2025