Wickersley Northfield Primary School

Wickersley Northfield Primary School

Part of White Woods Primary Academy Trust

Northfield Lane, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S66 2HL


01709 543704

History at Wickersley Northfield

History statement of Intent

At Wickersley Northfield Primary School we aim for a high quality EPIC History curriculum which should in inspire pupils a curiosity and captivation around the past of both Britain and that of the wider world.

It is our intention that teaching will equip pupils with knowledge on the History of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. Pupils will gain an understanding of significant aspects of the history of ancient civilisations as well as changes within and beyond living memory. Pupils will learn about the lives of significant individuals from the past.

Throughout their History journey, pupils will understand the methods of historical enquiry, become equipped with a breadth of historical skills and be able to ask and answer knowledge based questions. These skills will be gained and continuously developed through classroom based experiences, fieldwork and education visits and home learning projects.

At Wickersley Northfield we want to adopt a love of learning in History whilst developing children’s Historical knowledge, understanding and skills.

Essential characteristics of History

At Wickersley Northfield, we intend to develop the following essential characteristics of History in all pupils:

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences. • The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
  • A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgments. • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.

Breadth of study: History in the National Curriculum

Key Stage One

Look at:

  • The lives of significant individuals in Britain’s past who have contributed to our nation’s achievements - scientists such as Isaac Newton or Michael Faraday, reformers such as Elizabeth Fry or William Wilberforce, medical pioneers such as William Harvey or Florence Nightingale, or creative geniuses such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel or Christina Rossetti.
  • Key events in the past that are significant nationally and globally, particularly those that coincide with festivals or other events that are commemorated throughout the year.
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.


Key Stage Two

  • 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.
  • A local history study.
  • A study of a theme in British history.
  • Early Civilizations achievements and an in-depth study of one of the following: Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt; The Shang Dynasty.
  • Ancient Greece.
  • A non- European society that contrasts with British history chosen from:
  • Early Islamic Civilization
  • Mayan Civilization
  • Benin.

 History of interest to pupils*

Threshold concepts and milestones

Key learning milestones at Wickersley Northfield will be taught under the threshold of four different Historical concepts:

Investigate and interpret the past - This concept involves understanding that our understanding of the past comes from an interpretation of the available evidence.

Build an overview of world history - This concept involves an appreciation of the characteristic features of the past and an understanding that life is different for different section.

Understand chronology - This concept involves an understanding of how to chart the passing of time and how some aspects of history studied were happening at similar times in different places.

Communicate historically - This concept involves using historical vocabulary and techniques to convey information about the past.


Long term planning

Click here to see an overview of the progression of History milestones are taught from EYFS to Year 6 at Wickersley Northfield.


Click here to see History long term planning for each year group:



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Celebrating History at Wickersley Northfield

Virtual VE day 75th anniversary celebrations

On Friday 8th May 2020 we celebrated VE day along with the rest of the country. Our planned in-school celebrations evolved in to a virtual celebration spent with our families at home.

The children took part in virtual learning focusing on VE day day and its importance in British History. Our families also decorated their homes with beautiful window displays, dressed up and listened to VE day music.

This was a great way for our school community to come together and celebrate important events from the past.

Below are a collection of photos from our VE day celebrations.