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The Millfield History Curriculum is designed to provide a sequence of concepts showing clear progression of skills and knowledge.  It provides a framework from which relevant learning experiences can be planned, to broaden the horizons and experiences of Millfield children, to enable them to recognise and take full advantage of opportunities available to them, promoting the concept of possibilities.


The History breadth map shows the topics covered in each year group.

Year group

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Throughout the year

1 and 2

Year A

Significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements – Mary Anning and dinosaurs.


Changes within living memory – Travel and tourism.

Significant historical events, people and places in our own school locality – history of our school.


Changes beyond living memory – celebrations studied as they happen through the year.


1 and 2

Year B

Significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements – Christopher Columbus and pirates.


Changes within living memory – Apollo moon landings and space travel.



Significant historical events, people and places in our own school locality – mining in Brownhills.


Changes beyond living memory – celebrations studied as they happen through the year.



Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron age


The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.


Local History study – A study of the history of Beaudesert.




Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots.


The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.


A study of the history of the Wyrley and Essington Canal.  (A local history study.)




A study of Ancient Greece, including Greek life, their achievements and influence on the Western World.


Achievements of the earliest civilisations – Ancient Egypt


A study of an aspect in British history beyond 1066 which was a significant turning point in British history.




A study of an aspect in British history beyond 1066 – World War II.

A study over time tracing how several aspects of National History are reflected locally, at the National Memorial Arboretum.


A study of a non-European society – Mayan civilization. AD900




Lessons and activities are planned with reference to the relevant threshold concepts and curriculum driver, possibilities.  For history the threshold concepts are, chronological understanding, making connections in world history, historical communication and investigating and interpreting evidence.  Threshold concepts will be repeated and revisited, applied in different situations when addressing the breadth of the curriculum, to develop greater depth of learning.


Assessment for learning is used throughout the teaching of this curriculum to ensure that progress in understanding is developed from basic, advancing to deep with reference to the threshold concepts.  Opportunities for the children to apply their knowledge and understanding are provided throughout the year and summative assessment takes place at the end of the year. 



Key Questions:

At the start of each new topic, children are encouraged to compose a question that they want to find the answer to during the topic. Topics are then planned depending on the questions asked.




This is what we've been up to...

Power in the past and people power II - optional home learning tasks for the summer term linked to the History curriculum

Royal families past and present

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Rebecca and Scarlett in year 5 produced this slide show about royal families.

Stonehenge created at home by Layla!

Years 1 and 2 have become palaeontologists!

Ancient Greeks with Year 5

Using the images found on Ancient Greek vases Year 5 made freeze frames of the events included in the Ancient Olympic Games. They then made comparisons to the modern games.

Year 1 and Year 2 visited RAF Cosford.

Year 5 made their own Viking artefacts.

Staffordshire Regimental Museum 11.01.18

Year 6 visited the museum as part of their War Topic. They collected information on William Coltman to help them write a biography of the serviceman's life.

History of the Canal 02.11.17

The Canal and River Trust volunteers came in to work with us on our very own canal barge.We discovered why and how canals were built.

The Battle of Passchendaele November 2017

Year 6 have researched the third battle of Ypres as a homework project and presented it to their class. They have also visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas and taken part in the Heartfelt art installation.  Lots of fun was had using watercolours to create a remembrance poppy.

Year 4 Fradley Junction Canal Visit 12th September 2017

Volunteers with the Canal River Trust hosted Y4 at Fradley Junction. Visits for every class will take place over the coming terms.

Dinosaur Day!

All of the children had a fab day as amateur paleontologists looking for fossils. Then, at 2pm, there was a massive surprise in the shape of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. We loved it!

A day in Shropshire

Children visited Ironbridge and walked along the River Severn. Along the way they stopped to read about how coracles are made (even though it was tipping it down with rain). Take a look at the photos to see what else they got up to...

RAF Cosford

Children visited the museum at Cosford and were stunned by the brilliant displays.

Children talk to two veterans of World War II at RAF Cosford and invite them back to school to talk to their classmates.

The Somme 100 art installation at The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas.

Year 6 visit the NMA in Staffordshire as part of their WW1 topic.

1st July 2016 was the centenary of the Battle of the Somme - one of the biggest battles of WW1. On day one alone 19,240 people were killed. Considered the bloodiest battle in British History, it lasted 141 days before coming to an end on 18th November 1916.

To commemorate the centenary, the NMA together with a local artist, is creating a stunning piece of artwork that will see 19,240 birch plywood soldiers decorated and installed wandering through the grounds of the arboretum.

Each child in Millfield will have the opportunity to design and decorate one of the soldiers so if you have the chance go along to the arboretum between 18th November and February 2017 to see if you can spot your child's soldier in the memorial.

Year 5 have designed and made their own Anglo Saxon villages as part of their topic work for the Autumn term.



Year 6

Visiting medieval castles, that are also the sites of Iron Age hillforts, in Llangollen, Wales.