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Christ the King RC Primary School

Christ at the Heart Of All We Do

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‘Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus [who is] sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.’ Hebrews 12: 1 – 2


At Christ the King R.C Primary, we aim to deliver a high quality history education which will give pupils a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We want to promote the key skills of active enquiry and interpretation. Children will be encouraged to form and ask their own lines of enquiry in historical events and processes. Through their study of History in school, children should be curious about the past, understand the complexity of people’s lives and the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups as well as be aware of the challenges of their time.


Year 4

This half-term, our topic was 'Ancient Egyptians' and our focus question was: 'Why was the discovery of Tutankhmaun significant?'. 



Year 2

Autumn 1 - The Great Fire of London

During the Autumn term, Year 2 learned about the Great Fire of London. Here is a list of some of the things that we covered:

  • Know what city the fire started in.
  • Know what started the fire. 
  • Understand why the fire spread so quickly. 
  • Understand what an eyewitness account is and why they are useful. 
  • Explain why the fire was difficult to put out. 
  • Understand the changes to London that happened after the fire. 

We also looked at some very special artefacts from the great fire! 


At the end of our topic, we learnt about what happened to London after the Great fire. We then wrote some questions that we would like to ask King Charles after the Great fire. 

These are some of our questions that we had:

Why did you not pull the houses down sooner?

What are you going to do now?

Where are we all going to live?

When are you going to rebuild London?

The people of London were obviously very angry as at least 65,000 people were homeless and had lost all of their belongings and many people were having to live outside of London in tents.


Year 3 - Autumn 1: The Stone Age

Our focus question when studying about the Stone Age was: 'How did the way humans live change throughout the Stone Age?' We thought about how humans got their food and where they lived during the Paleolithic period and how this changed throughout the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods. After examining some evidence and a range of historical sources, we saw how humans went from living as nomads who hunted and gathered, to living in settled communities that could sustain themselves by farming.

Year 4 - Autumn 1: The VIKINGS

What were the Vikings really like? Were they raiders or settlers?? Our opinion of the Vikings changed throughout the unit as we studied more sources and considered the argument that they were both. Early evidence suggested that the Vikings were barbaric warriors who rampaged monasteries and slaughtered anyone who got in their way. However, a more modern perspective teaches us that the Vikings were also famers and traders who settled in Great Britain and lived peacefully amongst their families. Take a look at our wonderful work from this half-term.


Year 5 - Autumn 1 - Crime and Punishment 

In this unit of work, pupils in Year 5 have been learning about how crimes and punishments have changed since the 1300s. We have looked for threads of continuity and change during each period of history, and learnt how key events influenced the changes in law today. We spent some time looking at crimes from the view points of the criminals and understood that oftentimes, crimes were a result of severe desperation and poverty. Children particularly enjoyed focusing on the 'Highwayman' and debating whether the political and economic factors at the time would persuade them to take the Highwayman's mask knowing the cruel punishments they would face if they were caught. 



As part of this topic we explored and investigated a number of artifacts from this period of history. We also explored the causes of this conflict, the evacuation of children from the dangers of the main cities and looked at propaganda.





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