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'People without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots'

Marcus Garvey

Our vision at Snaresbrook Primary School is that history comes alive in any way that we can make it happen. We believe the teaching of History inspires children’s curiosity about the past. At school, children will work as historians to investigate sources such as pictures, stories, writing and artefacts to ask and answer questions about the past and then consider how the past impacts the world we live in today.

How is History Implemented?

At Snaresbrook Primary School, History is taught alongside other curriculum areas to create a 'connected' curriculum. Our lessons encourage skills of crtitical thinking, weighing evidence, sifting arguments, and allowing pupils to develop perspective and judgement. 

We aim for our pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world. In lessons, children are inspired to develop a curiosity about the past: they are presented with key questions which help them to understand the complexity of 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. 


Snaresbrook History Curriculum

Every child at Snaresbrook Primary School engages in quality History education from their entry into Nursery until the end of KS2 in Year 6. 

Click on the links below to find out more about our curriculum.

History Websites for Home Learning

There are lots of ways in which you can support your child with their History learning, below are a list of art galleries and museums to visit. Many are free: however, please note for some exhibitions there may be a fee for entry. 

Year Group Topics Places to visit
Year 1 People who help us

The London Fire Brigade Museum

The Florence Nightingale Museum

Year 2 Great Fire of London

Museum of London, St Pauls

The London Fire Brigade Museum

Year 3  Stone Age

Museum of London, St Pauls

The British Museum

Year 4 Victorians

Museum of London - St Pauls

The Ragged School Museum

Year 5 Greeks

The Science Museum

The British Museum

Year 6 World War II

Churchill War Rooms

Imperial War Museum

Royal Gunpowder Mills



We are always looking for opportunities to further develop the children's understanding in History in school by organising trips, visitors and workshops. Please see the enriching experiences that we have taken part in. 

Year 1 Florence Nightingale

Year 1 really enjoyed their Florence Nightingale Workshop. First, they completed a carousel of craft activities including candle holders, medals and lockets. Then, they explored suitcases full of interesting artefacts and they had to work out who owned each suitcase. Finally, they got to role-play as nurses, soldiers, gardeners and cleaners to explore what different people did in Scutari Hospital during The Crimean War. The children loved all of the activities and learned a lot about the life of Florence Nightingale. 

Year 4 Ragged School

On Monday 25th September, Year 4 travelled to the Ragged School Museum to experience what life would be like as a Victorian child. Every child looked incredible in their Victorian costumes. Their behaviour was excellent. The children left at the end of the day, very glad not to be a child attending school during the Victorian Era. We all had an amazing day!

Year 3 Stone Age Workshop

Year 3 enjoyed a Stone Age Workshop from the Epping Forest District Museum. The children were given the opportunity to explore different Stone Age artefacts and investigate what they were. 


King Charles III Coronation

On Friday 5th May we celebrated the King's Coronation. Children dressed up in red, white or blue or as a king or queen. Children spent the afternoon learning about King Charles III's life, his early career, his family life and his royal duties. Below are pictures of some lovely learning that took place across the school in classrooms.

Year 4 Pyramids

Year 4 have been learning about Ancient Egypt this half term. For homework, children made their own pyramids. They had great fun.​

Remembrance day

For Remembrance Day, the​ whole school took part in a two minute silence at 11am. Children remembered all those whose lives have been affected by conflict since World War 1, and in particular those who have died.  The Key Stage 2 children took part in an interactive assembly, inspiring children to explore and take part in Remembrance. With music, poetry, film, photography and more, this unique experience brought Remembrance to life in new ways, helping children understand why we continue to remember. In the afternoon, the whole school spent the afternoon learning about Remembrance Day.

wORLD wAR ii

The Snaresbrook playground was truly swinging today as Year 6 performed the Lindy Hop- a dance they've been learning in PE which was very popular in 1940s Britain. This learning fitted beautifully with the current Year 6 topic- World War 2.



Year 5 enjoyed an interactive and fun-filled day today taking part in a workshop to support our topic of Ancient Greece. In the morning, they learned about the Ancient Greek military, why the Spartans were so successful, explored a selection of Ancient Greek armour and reenacted an Ancient Greek battle. The afternoon explored our upcoming topic of Alexander the Great; his extraordinary upbringing, his parents, Phillip II of Macedon and Queen Olympia, his education and eventual rise to power and exceptional success, helping us greatly in our work next term of why Alexander was so great. 

Victorian day

Year 4 had a Victorian day, the children came dressed ready for Victorian school. The children were able to see what it was like to be in a Victorian classroom - they realised how different it was to their own school life. They took part in a drill, handwriting, learnt a poem, made a Jack on the box and learnt about William Morris.

Black History Month

For Black History Month in October, the children learnt, honored and celebrated the achievements of black men and women throughout history.​For homework​, children took part in a research project. They researched about one historical black figure and presented their research in the form of a poster. 

Remembrance Day

On the 11th November, all children and staff took part in the 2-minute silence at 11am. Children remembered all those whose lives have been affected by conflict since World War 1, and in particular those who have died. For homework, children created a lovely piece of Remembrance Day art. They were given the choice of whether to do silhouette art or fingerprint poppies.

Year 6 Home Front Bus

Year 6 had a fantastic day learning about the Second World War on the Home Front Bus. It was very exciting to have everything made so real and engaging, with a VERY convincing WW2 living room, shop and bomb shelter.  The expert guides on the bus were so knowledgeable and entertaining, and answered all of our questions. And the children looked fabulous in their WW2 gear!

Year 3 Egyptian Day

Past productions visited Year 4 to provide a workshop about the Egyptians. The children learnt all about the hierarchy of the Pharaohs to the slaves and their level of importance. They acted out various scenarios wearing a range of costumes to depict their role. Each child thoroughly enjoyed their day.

Year 4 Victorian Day

Year 4 had a Victorian day, the children came dressed ready for Victorian school. The children were able to see what it was like to be in a Victorian classroom - they realised how different it was to their own school life. 

Year 2 Great Fire of London Workshop

Year 2 were lucky enough to meet 'Samuel Pepys' in a Great Fire Of London workshop. We had a rgeat day consolidating the learning from our topic. 

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