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At Linton Heights, history is taught through the topic work - see each year group's page for further details. These topics are chosen carefully to engage children and to allow them to develop a range of skills in the following categories: understanding sources of evidence; understanding that different versions of history exist; awareness of connections, contrasts and changes over time; understanding of significance of historical events, people and achievements; chronological knowledge and historical enquiry.


As part of Anglian Learning, we are free to be able to move away from the National Curriculum to deliver a  high-quality history education which engages the children. Some of the topics the children learn about include: Ancient Egyptians; Anglo-Saxon Britain; Ancient Greeks, The Victorians; The Maya Civilisation; World War Two and The Silk Road. 


Our goal at Linton Heights is to inspire a love of history in pupils, to ignite their curiosity to know more about what they have learnt in class and to equip them to ask perceptive questions, think critically and weigh up evidence.


In addition to the weekly lessons the children receive, there are lots of cross curricular links to their topic and most year groups have  a wide range of enrichment which could include trips, special days, visitors or dramatic productions.  For example in Year 5 whilst studying the Victorians, the children have the opportunity to have a Victorian dress up day and do some Victorian cooking. To help our students gain deeper understanding of the period of history they are studying, teachers will often choose class books pertinent to their topic, for example Street Child in year 5.


If you have a keen interest in history and would like to carry out some more research, here are some recommended websites:



The BBC website has a wealth of resources to browse. Scroll down to find some practical activities such as building your own castle.


History for kids

Lots of interesting facts and free worksheets to download.


National Geographic Kids

One of my favourite websites covering history as well as geography and science. Check out the competitions and games!


Saffron Walden Museum

It's really worth exploring everything this blog has to offer from information about Stone Age tools, to 101 things to do on lockdown. 


Fitzwilliam Museum

There's some great information under 'Learning, family'.  



National Curriculum - Purpose of study

A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps 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.


The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts: understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales

Displays from around the school showing some of our topic work