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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.


The best of the best...

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British statesman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, during the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955. Best known for his wartime leadership as Prime Minister, Churchill was also a Sandhurst-educated soldier, a Boer War hero, a Nobel Prize-winning writer and historian and a prolific painter.

Examples of our History Mysteries

Year 4 creating their own timeline of Catherine of Aragon's life.

Huw in Year 2 made a wonderful book with lots of interesting facts about different periods throughout History!

Year 1 projects for International Women's Day, focusing on Amelia Earhart

Year 3's trip to Stafford Castle during the Autumn Term

Year 1 being Archaeologists

Year 1 have been History detectives, looking at different sources to find out information about Kings and Queens

What the children say...


"I loved being an Archaeologist and deciding whether artefacts were from the past or from now." - Freddie, Year 1 


"I really enjoy doing History Mysteries. I like trying to work out who the person is and why they are important." - Huw, Year 2


"I am really enjoying learning about Ancient Egypt, we have looked at the hierarchy they had." - Talitha, Year 4