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Professor Johnston often said that if you didn't know history, you didn't know anything. You were a leaf that didn't know it was part of a tree. ~Michael Crichton, Timeline

Our Children live in a town steeped in History with links to Henry V and Agincourt. We even have our own ruined Bishop’s Palace! We are in easy reach of important Historic places such as Nelson’s Victory, Manor Farm Victorian experience, Portchester Castle and Little Woodham, which allows children to step back in time to the 1600s. Access to Hampshire Wardrobe provide the children to touch, try on and try out artefacts from all periods of history and we have an extensive collection ourselves including a mangle and a bath tub! We bring History alive for our children and hopefully give them a life long love of finding out about the past.

If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday. ~Pearl Buck

At Bishops Waltham Infant School we provide a high-quality history education which will help our children understand Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Through hands on experience and visits we aim to inspire the children’s curiosity to know more about the past. Our lessons are carefully planned to encourage pupils to ask questions, think critically, study evidence, think about arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.


Our first hand experience based History Curriculum helps pupils to understand 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.


We help our children develop an awareness of the past and to demonstrate their understanding using historical language relating to the passing of time. They learn where the people and events they find out about fit within a chronological framework and they begin to identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods including their own. We encourage our children to ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events.  

Freddie Aged 6

Freddie Aged 6 1 'Going to the castle was cold and a bit scary.'



Yearly Overview for History in Key Stage 1

Year 1

Victorian Schools


Florence Nightingale

And Mary Secole

Castles –the long, long ago


Grace Darling

Victorian Seaside Holidays

Year 2

Great Fire of London



First man on the moon




Nelson and the Victory




Emily Aged 6

Emily Aged 6 1 Grace Darling. She did a rescue. She was brave!


New Curriculum in a nut shell

Chronological understanding

Know where people & events fit within chronological framework-Develop an awareness of the past & passing of time


Use wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms


Use parts of stories & other sources to show that they know & understand key features of the lives of Historical People and important events


Similarities & differences between different Historical periods including the present day


Some of the ways the past is represented eg stories, pictures, accounts, diaries etc

Historical Enquiry

Understand some of the ways we find out about the past eg books, paintings, photos or artefacts


Ask & answer questions about the past, historical figures and events


Make selections from their knowledge of history & communicate their understanding in a variety of ways

Annie Aged 7

Annie Aged 7 1 'I find out more and I write a story about it'

KS.1 Breadth of Study

New Curriculum 2015


The children will explore changes within living memory and aspects of change in national life

Ways of life

They will learn about significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Significant people

The pupils will learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.e.g. Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, Rosa Parks and Emily Davison, Mary Seacole

Past events

The children will be taught about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally e.g. the Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries

Learn how to be an Archer at Portchester Castle!

Let the children take you on a tour of Portchester Castle! Yr 1

History in Our School

History in Our School 1 Year 2 Great Fire of London. Read All About It!
History in Our School 2 Year 2 Man on the Moon
History in Our School 3 Year 2 One Giant Step
History in Our School 4 Year 2 3 2 1 Blast Off!
History in Our School 5 Year 1 Visiting a Victorian Classroom
History in Our School 6 Year 1 Learning the Victorian way!
History in Our School 7 Year 1 Learning to Spell
History in Our School 8 Year 1 Washing day!
History in Our School 9 Year 1 It's really hard work!
History in Our School 10 Year 1 Mind your fingers!
History in Our School 11 Year 2 Who is the Queen of England?
History in Our School 12 Year 1 Victorian Holdays!
History in Our School 13 Year 1 Listen to the band!
History in Our School 14 Year 1 Spot Victorian artifacts
History in Our School 15 Year 2 Visit to Little Woodham
History in Our School 16 Year 2 Step back in time to the 1700s
History in Our School 17 Year 2 No Ikea here!
History in Our School 18 Year 2 Exploring History!
History in Our School 19 Year 2 Thatched roofs
History in Our School 20 Year 2 Everything was made by hand
History in Our School 21 Year 2 Building
History in Our School 22 Year 2 Learning to spin
History in Our School 23 Year 2 What shall we have for lunch?
History in Our School 24 Year 2 Don't get into trouble!
History in Our School 25 Year 2 No central heating!
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