The National Curriculum for History aims to ensure that all pupils:
  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires and characteristic features of past non-European societies
  • gain understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, 'civilisation' and ‘parliament'
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales

Year 4

Raiders and Traders

To launch their project on 'Raiders and Traders' Year 4 went on an exciting trip to Murton Park, to fully experience what it was like to be a Viking. The children were greeted by a strong Viking woman named Runa, who prepared them for the day ahead. The children dressed as Vikings and, for one day only, the adults dressed as the children’s slaves! They then made their way to the Viking village where they met ‘My Lord’. Once My Lord had accepted them into his village, it was time to get to work.

Throughout the day the children got to be craftsmen, shaping and decorating their own individual pots, farmers, preparing the land to ensure the crops would grow, they ground the flour for bread-making and collected wood, and they also learned how to be powerful Viking guards. It was a perfect, fun-filled day that helped to kick start our 'Traders and Raiders' project.

Viking Guards

In their Cornerstones learning, the children learned about significant Viking events and placed them in chronological order, and discovered where the Vikings came from and exactly where they settled, including looking at maps of places that were very close to home!

Year 4 were given the choice of finding out about an aspect of Viking life they wanted to know more about. The children used library books, primary internet websites and information gained from their visit to Murton Park to research information and make notes. The children then chose how to present their learning. 

The children took part in freeze frame and role play activities to enact a battle scene and then used this to stimulate their writing 'Who will win?'

As part of their 'Raiders and Traders' creative learning project, children could choose from a variety of design technology tasks. In the gallery below, you can see fabulous Viking longboats, Viking embroidery patterns and small Anglo-Saxon charms threaded with other materials to create personalised necklaces.

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph selection of Year 4's project work.

It was lovely to welcome so many parents/carers and relatives to Year 4’s Viking express event. The children showcased some of their fantastic project work, they demonstrated how to defend a Viking raid and even invited the parents to join in!

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph selection from Year 4's express event.

STEM Ambassador Visit

Many thanks to STEM Ambassadors Miss Watters and Mr Kirk who led fascinating workshops for Year 4. We learned about Miss Watter's work as an archaeologist and examined artefacts and jaw bones to uncover clues about the past. The interest and concentration in the children's faces was lovely to see and they asked so many great questions!

Year 5


Kicking off their learning project on 'Pharaohs' with a trip to Weston Park, Year 5 explored the exhibitions in the museum before undertaking the task of mummification. Extracting brains through the nostrils and placing vital organs in Canopic jars were just a few of the tasks they undertook before making their own ‘shabti’ to be buried alongside ‘Dead Fred’.

Did you know that the Egyptians used to bury their slaves alive alongside their mummified bodies so that they would have a slave in the afterlife? This didn’t last long because the slaves would run away every time someone in the family fell ill. This is why they began making a ‘shabti’ (a small model of a slave) to be buried alongside their mummified remains. All of the children decided that making a ‘shabti’ was much kinder than being buried alive!

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph selection from Year 5's visit to Weston Park.

Back at school Year 5 developed their historical enquiry skills by finding out about the artefacts discovered in Tutankhamun's tomb. Children researched famous pharaohs, the role of pharaohs and they enjoyed presenting their learning in different ways.

Local History

As part of their 'Local History Study', Year 5 used the internet and old photographs to find out about the fascinating history of the Copley family and the Copley Medal and then presented their research in their own preferred way. Our School Houses are named after some of the eminent scientists who have been awarded the Copley Medal - Einstein, Darwin, Hawking and Hodgkin. To find out more about the Copley Medal please click here.

Year 6

A Child's War

Evacuated to Murton Park

Year 6 children from Copley Junior School were evacuated from Doncaster to Murton Park to launch their study of 'A Child's War'. On arrival, they were met by an evacuation officer who escorted them to the village hall. During their visit, children experienced what life was like for children during World War 11. Activities included: washing and ironing clothes; making farmhouse crunch and butter; blast taping windows; carpet making; air raid drills and most children’s favourite - extinguishing a small incendiary bomb!

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph selection from the visit to Murton Park.

Children worked collaboratively to research and present information about an aspect of World War II e.g. evacuation, the Blitz, rationing etc. Here are some of their posters below:

Year 6's silhouette paintings of the Blitz.

Year 6 learned that during World War 2 propaganda was used to increase support for the war and commitment to an Allied victory. Year 6 researched propaganda posters and then designed posters of their own.

Pupils in Year 6 used textbooks and websites to research information about the causes of World War 2 before producing their own written reports.

In Year 6 the children have worked in pairs to create poetry on the theme of war and evacuation and we have shared some of their poems below.

In their maths work, Year 6 used their investigative maths skills to take on the challenge of solving a World War 2 Transposition Cipher. Using their knowledge of factors and multiples children had the vital job of codebreaking Nazi messages in order to protect ships bringing essential supplies to Britain.

As part of their 'Child's War' creative learning project children got involved in the project home learning tasks by building a miniature Anderson shelter; making bunting for the VE street party celebration; making a card gas mask with instructions for its use or writing a wartime recipe using rationed ingredients and, best of all, they brought in the dish for evaluation!

We were very pleased to welcome so many parents/carers and relatives to our Year 6 express event. The Copley Museum opened and our highly organised Year 6 tour guides led the adults around the different exhibit spaces. This was an entirely pupil-led initiative, with the children deciding how to organise and present their learning. I am sure you will agree that the children have learned an incredible amount about what life was like during World War 2 and it is lovely to see how confident they were to share their learning with the adults. Thank you so much for your support of this event.