Horniman Primary School

  • Horniman Drive
  • Forest Hill
  • London
  • SE23 3BP
  • Tel: 020 8699 3190
  • After School Club: 020 8699 8378
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  • Headteacher: Julie Loffstadt
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People and Events

In KS1 the focus is on changes within living memory and the lives of significant people and historical events.

In Year 1 the children will learn about important people in their families and how times have changed in living memory through looking at toys and seaside holidays. They will learn about significant architects and Kings, linked to their topics. 

In Year 2 children will learn about significant events and people including: explorers, the Great Fire of London, Mary Seacole, Samuel Pepys, Neil Armstrong and Mary Anning.


British History


British history from Stone Age times till 1066 is taught through themes in history from Year 1 to Year 6. Children will learn about how the theme has developed over time and give a clear understanding of chronology. Each year will focus on a particular period in British history but will demonstrate how there has been continuity and change over time and how this impacts the present day.


Themes in British history

Y1 – buildings

Y2 – transport

Y3 – communication and inventions/technology

Y4 – beliefs (+ a local British history study -How the Romans have influenced Forest Hill/London)

Y5 – conflict ( focusing on Anglo Saxons ,Scots and Romans) and entertainment(focusing on the impact of Shakespeare)

Y6 – crime and punishment


World History


In Ks2 each class will complete a topic about an important civilization from around the world.

Year 3 – The Vikings

Year 4 – Ancient Egypt

Year 5 – Ancient Greece

Year 6 – The Mayans 


Black History Month

Children will also learn about an important Black historical figure, linked to Black History Month in October each year.

Horniman Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.