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History Curriculum

At St. Austin’s Catholic Primary School, we want every child to be happy and enthusiastic learners of History, and to be eager to achieve their very best in order to fulfil their God-given talents. We firmly believe that the recipe for success is high quality first-wave teaching in History, which is central to the life of our happy, caring school.

Did you know...


World War 1 began on July 28, 1914. The conflict lasted four years, three months and 14 days, ending on November 11, 1918. This is why on November 11th we have Remembrance day. The war ended at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month. We wear a poppy as on Flanders field after the war, poppies grew.


During the Victorian era, new inventions, like the telephone, motorcar, typewriter, bicycle and moving film totally changed the way that people lived, worked and travelled.


Most Ancient Egyptian pyramids were built as tombs for pharaohs (rulers of Ancient Egypt) and their families. To date, over 130 pyramids have been discovered in Egypt.


Did you know that the Ancient Greeks invented the theatre? They loved watching plays, and most cities had a theatre – some big enough to hold 15,000 people! Only men and boys were allowed to be actors, and they wore masks, which showed the audience whether their character was happy or sad. Some of the masks had two sides, so the actor could turn them around to change the mood for each scene.

Over the past year...

  • Year 3 Egyptian theme day. Children dressed up as Egyptians for their theme day, made pyramids and make eachother into mummies!
  • Year 4 WW2 theme day. Children dressed up as soldiers, evacuees and more and had the opportunity to make ration books, evacuee tag labels and even celebrated the end of the war by watching Winston Churchill's speech and having their own VE day celebration.
  • Year 4 had the opportunity to make their own WW2 projects. We had everything from posters to a tank!
  • Year 5 Victorian theme day. Year 5 dressed up as Victorians and experienced a Victorian class room.
  • Year 6 Greek theme day. The children dressed up as the Greeks and had a speaker in to run their experience day.

The Best of The Best

What we have been up to...

Year 4 are currently looking at the home front during WW2!

They started off by making time lines of WW2 to show the chronology of events.

The have compared modern time and WW2

And this week (wb 29th June) They have started looking at Anderson Shelters!

This week (6/7/20) some of year 4 had a go at some ration baking!

Year 3 are currently looking at ancient Egypt!

They have dressed up and even turned family members into mummies!

They have even looked at the social organisation of society during the Egyptian times!

Year 2 are looking a "Every day heros" as part of their vehicle this term. In history they have looked at Florence Nightingale and all of the amazing work she did as a nurse. Mrs Cleary even dressed up as her for one of their lessons!

Year 2 with Florence Nightingale!

Cannock Chase Museum at Marquis Drive, Year 2, Coal mine trip

Year 6 had a great time at The World Museum in Liverpool in September! It was a great start to their vehicle "Making a Museum". The children saw lots of artefacts from around the world and got the opportunity to ask lots of questions about how a museum is run, ready for when they set up their own!

Year 6 being archaeologists at The World Museum

Christmas day in WW1

Year 4 looked at Christmas day during WW1, when the soldiers stopped fighting and played a game of football together. We watched the Sainsburys Christmas advert which showed what happened between the German and British soldiers on that day. Here is some of the work we did...


Year 6 Greek day...

Year 6 have been looking at Ancient Greece in History, to go with their vehicle "Making a Museum". On their Greek day, they got the chance to dress up as Greeks, meet a Greek soldier and have a go at some puzzles.

Coming soon...

Year 6 will be opening their own museum to complete their vehicle!

Year 3 will be looking at the Ancient Egyptians.

Year 4 and 6 will be having a Viking and Saxon day in the Spring term.