Our vision:

  • To excite and inspire children to learn about the past
  • To develop an understanding of where we come from historically
  • To identify and analyse political, moral and social lessons that can be learnt from historical events
  • To give children the key skills they need to evaluate past events and periods

Key skills:

  • To use history-specific/technical vocabulary
  • To order events and periods chronologically
  • To compare and contrast periods in history
  • To use a range of sources (e.g. photographs, articles, artefacts) to draw inferences about cultures and time periods
  • To research, and to evaluate sources
  • To analyse, question and criticise

The Brookfield curriculum:

In line with the national curriculum, children study a wide range of local, British, European and World history. In order to provide an exciting and rich curriculum we use a variety of resources in class, and offer trips every half-term – taking advantage of the many sites, museums and galleries London has to offer.

  • In the early years we compare our recent pasts, and gain an understanding of the concepts of the past, present and future.
  • In Year 1 we develop our history-based skills through looking at the cross curricular topics of ‘Marvellous Me’, ‘Toys from the Past’ and ‘Transport’
  • In Year 2 we look at two key events in British history: The Great Fire of London and The Gunpowder Plot. We also compare the lives of two significant historical figures (e.g. Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale)
  • In Year 3 we study Ancient Egypt, before looking at the changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.
  • In Year 4 we look at the Roman Empire and the Anglo Saxons.
  • In Year 5 we look at the Mayan Civilisation and the Ancient Greeks.
  • In Year 6 we study the Second World War and the topic of ‘London through time’.