New Bolsover Primary School

  1. Our School
  2. Curriculum
  3. History


We follow the guidance from the National Curriculum for our topics in History and wherever possible try to make links with our local area and the relevance to the children's lives. Through school children will cover a great array of topics. Throughout KS1 children will study: changes withing living memory, events beyond living memory, the lives of significant individuals and important local & historical events. When children progress into KS2 they will study local, British and world history, this will include: changes in Britain, the Roman Empire, British settlements, Anglo-Saxons & Vikings, early civilizations, Ancient Greece and local history.


We are lucky to have Bolsover Castle on our doorstep and classes regularly visit to take part in events and initiatives.  Every child will visit the castle at least once during their time at New Bolsover, with many classes choosing to make this a regular trip to delve into its history and explore what it has to offer.


During History our children are encouraged to pose and discuss questions rooted in different periods of history in order to gain understand and to explore key moment of importance from the past. This could include things like:

  • How does punishment in the Roman times compare to the Anglo-Saxon era? Which is more barbaric? Was it right for nobles to receive lesser punishment than ordinary people and slaves? (Year 5/6 – Crime and punishment unit)
  • Why did the Titanic not have enough life boats? How did they decide who got to live? Is this fair? (Year 3/4 – Significant turning point in British History beyond 1066 – The Titanic)
  • Why did the house burn so quickly? Why did the fire spread easily? ( Year 1/2 - The great fire of London)
  • Why do penguins live near the water? What would you wear in the Antarctic? (EYFS – The Arctic/Antarctica)


Where ever possible classes are encouraged to make these lessons active and hands on as children statistically take in more of their learning when they are submerged in the time period as opposed to being told about it. This year classes have been working on creating memorable moments, this could include trips, dress up days, visitors, outdoor lessons or any wow moment which will grip the children in their learning on the topic