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Bishop's Waltham Junior School

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Welcome to the History section of our school website. Hopefully, it will give you a flavour of how we learn about the past at Bishop's Waltham Junior School. Children’s understanding of British History is developed through hands on activities, research involving books and the internet, experts visiting the school and trips to educational sites.

History should engage learners to want to find out about the past. Therefore our units of work are planned around historical enquiry skills, which enable children to think critically about the past, weigh evidence and develop perspective and judgement. They also learn to organise and communicate their ideas effectively.

In accordance with the recommendations of the Hampshire History Team, children will develop their knowledge and understanding of British History by studying the units in an appropriate chronological order.


Year 3

Year 3 will learn about life in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. They will then move on to study the impact of the Roman Empire on Britain.   

Autumn Term Summer Term
Stone Age to Iron Age The Roman Empire

Year 4

Year 4 will study Saxon and Scots settlements and the history of Saxon and Viking conflict. During their Saxon studies, Year 4 children will also undertake a local history study to learn about the life of Alfred the Great and his connections with the Winchester area.

Autumn Term Spring Term

Anglo-Saxons - the Ruin of Britain?
Vikings - Raiders of Settlers?

King Alfred - A Local Study


As the children move into the upper school, their history studies look at a broader range of civilisations, identifying connections and  contrasts, similarities and differences.

Year 5

Year 5 will look at an overview of all ancient civilisations, before undertaking an in depth study of Ancient Egypt. They will also carry out a thematic study of Britain post 1066, learning about a significant event in British History. As part of their World War II studies, they will investigate the impact of World War II on British Society. 

Autumn Term Summer Term
World War II - Lasting Impact on British Society

Overview of Ancient Civilisations
Ancient Egypt

Year 6

Year 6 will learn about the legacy of Ancient Greece. They will also study a non-European society – the Mayan civilisation c. AD 900 - that provides a contrast with British history.   

Spring Term Summer Term
Life in the Time of the Ancient Greeks The Maya


As part of our history topics, year groups may organise events and visits to help make the past come to life. Parents will be informed about the details of these events as appropriate and photos and information about these will be found on the news page of each year group section.

Click on the links below to read more information about History (Within the new national curriculum).

The National Curriculum for History

National Curriculum - History


Read our latest history stories on the school blog!