Dane Royd Historians
Explore, Discover, Dream

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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.

Two Year Humanities Curriculum Plan
Cycle 1: (2019-2020)
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Cycle 2: (2020-2021)
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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 June

2 June: The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the first major international event to be televised 1953

7 June: First Crusade: The Siege of Jerusalem begins 1099

8 June: First of the Viking attacks on Lindisfarne AD 793

12 June: Anniversary of the birth of Anne Frank 1929

15 June: Magna Carta sealed by King John 1215

22 June: Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in Essex 1948

25 June: The start of the Korean War 1950