At Mengham Junior School, our history curriculum ensures that pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past, ask perceptive questions and equip the children to weigh evidence and think critically.  Through their study of history children are helped to understand the complexity of peoples’ lives, the process of change, the diversities of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Through our curriculum children learn about key events and periods in British history from the Stone Age to the Viking and Anglo-Saxon conflict and the Norman Conquest in 1066. In the upper school the context is broadened to include the Ancient Greek and Bagdad Civilisations as well as the Shang Dynasty and a study of medicine through the ages post 1066.

It is imperative that children are excited and engaged with their learning and we aim to inspire pupils’ curiosity through engaging trips to places of key historical importance. We also acquire artefacts for the children to handle to really make their history learning come alive. Our learning takes on an enquiry based approach and follows the Six Step format advocated by the Hampshire History Team.  These steps are as follows:

Step 1: Hooking in the children and posing a key question to investigate.

Step 2: Collecting information.

Step 3: Making sense of the information.

Step 4: Drawing conclusions.

Step 5: Checking and refining information.

Step 6: Creating a final product.


Mengham Junior School Subject Skills: HISTORY CURRICULUM 2019-2020

Year Group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 3

Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.


The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.



Year 4

Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots


Alfred the Great


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

Local history study – post 1066   (Hayling Billy)

Year 5

Local History Study post 1066

(WW2 on Hayling Island)

Measly Monarchs: extending pupils chronological knowledge beyond 1066


The achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared (Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt) and a depth study of The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China.

Year 6

Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world.



A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history- the Mayan civilization c. AD 900.