Dane Royd Historians
Explore, Discover, Question
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I am Mrs Hemingway and I am the History Leader in school. 

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Mrs Hemingway
History Lead



As Historians, we want our children to acquire a wide range of skills and strategies to enable them to explore and investigate our amazing History curriculum on offer at Dane Royd. From the Vicious Vikings to the Ancient Greeks, the Murderous Mayans to the political and local collapse of coal mining, children will learn about key periods in history which will hook their imagination and fascination for the past.

At Dane Royd Junior and Infant School, we want children to understand how the world, the United Kingdom and Wakefield has become what is it today by exploring and questioning the past. Our aim is to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the past and how this has impacted on their lives today.

History helps pupils 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. We will encourage children to compare and contrast different experiences across different civilisations and relate this to their lives as children in the 21st Century. Through studying the lives and events of the past, children will develop an empathy and understanding of how history effected different groups in society and consider how the world has changed over time.


The Curriculum has been planned carefully to ensure all children build on their historical knowledge and skills year on year. Topics have been planned to engage and enthuse children's learning, whilst taking into consideration previous learning and how to move them further on in their learning as eager Historians. Our History Progression Map demonstrates the skills we would expect our children to learn over their time at Dane Royd. 

Through a carefully planned progressive-curriculum, teachers plan engaging topics which they think that will inspire, challenge and motivate children to learn. There is a two year rolling programme in which children’s skills and knowledge are embedded and developed during their time at Dane Royd.

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Two Year Humanities Curriculum Plan

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At Dane Royd Junior and Infant School, we are preparing our children to live in a diverse and dynamic society. As Theodore Roosevelt said, ‘The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.’ Children will leave Dane Royd as confident investigators who can critically question information presented to them, skills which will not only prepare them to continue their History journey in Key Stage 3, but that they can then continue to apply to any situation in their adult lives.

I love learning about what life was like in the past. The lessons are really fun and I learn lots!

Daisy-Boo - Year 4

I really have enjoyed all the visits during my time at Dane Royd. The most memorable was our Viking visit to Dane Law where we dressed up as Vikings. It brought the topic alive.

Alfie - Year 6

I love it when we can show what we have learnt in our artwork. I really enjoyed making the model houses of The Great Fire of London.

Poppy - Year 2

History Knowledge Organisers - Autumn 
History Knowledge Organisers - Spring 

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History Knowledge Organisers - Summer 

Want to learn more about History?


Recommended Websites:

  • historyforkids.net 

  • bbc.co.uk/history/forkids

  • natgeokids.com

  • nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/history-for-kids


History in January

4 January: Sir Isaac Newton was born 380 years ago.

4 January: Sir Isaac Newton was born 380 years ago.

8 January: rationing introduced – Second World War, 1940

8 January: rationing introduced – Second World War, 1940

16 January: Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus is granted the title Augustus by the Roman Senate, marking the beginning of the Roman Empire, 27 BCE

27 January: Holocaust Memorial Day

History in February

6 February: British women over the age of 30 obtain the right to vote, 1918

6 February: 70th anniversary of Elizabeth II becoming first queen regnant of the UK and the Commonwealth, 1952

8 February: Mary Queen of Scots beheaded 435 years ago, 1587

11 February: Henry VIII recognised as Supreme Head of the Church of England, 1531

History in March

2 March: Alexander II becomes Tsar of Russia 1855

10 March: 100th anniversary of Gandhi's arrest for protesting the British colonial government in India, 1922

10 March: Charles I dissolves Parliament, beginning his 11-year Personal Rule, 1629

16 March: 150 years since the first FA Cup final, 1872

28 March: Crimean War: France and Britain declare war on Russia, 1854