At Mount Pleasant, we have a history curriculum that will help children have an understanding of their past and how history will shape their future. The history curriculum will provide the children with engaging opportunities to explore Britain and the wider world.  As a school, we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire pupil’s curiosity to ask questions. Children will gain knowledge, and develop skills to think critically, weigh evidence, and develop perspective and judgement. 


History will also help 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. Wherever possible, links are made between subjects in projects with overarching themes to contextualize and motivate learners. Projects provide highly productive opportunities to use and apply basic skills in literacy and numeracy whilst strengthening pupils’ learning in history.



Subject Leader: Mrs Blackham

Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught about:

  • Changes within living memory – where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life

  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries]

  • 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.

  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Key stage 2

Pupils should be taught about:

  • changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.

  • Britain’s settlement by 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 that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

  • The achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of one of the following: Ancient Sumer, The Indus Valley, Ancient Egypt, The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China

  • 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

Mount Pleasant Primary School​

Newton Lane


Co. Durham


Lingfield Education Trust DPO


Tel: 01325 244 950