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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At Horniman School we help create excellent historians through the development of historical vocabulary, use of historical sources, understanding of chronology and ability to develop narratives within and across periods of study. Children should develop the historical skills of identifying and understanding: change, cause and effect, similarity and difference, connections and trends over time and significance of events, individuals and periods.


EYFS - Changes in living memory


In Reception we believe that historians should:

  • be able talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members
  • know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions. 

In reception this is taught through the topics of:

  • Ourselves
  • Festivals
  • Pirates
  • and other topics based on the children's interests 


Key Stage 1 - People and Events


In Key Stage 1 we believe historians should:

  • have an awareness of the past
  • use historical vocabulary
  • develop chronology
  • identify similarities and differences
  • understand how we find out about the past through historical sources of evidence
  • know and understand key features of significant historical events.

We teach this through the topics of:

  • Toys
  • Seaside holidays
  • Castles
  • Transport
  • The Great Fire of London
  • Famous Nurses



Key Stage 2 - British and World History


In Key Stage 2 we believe historians should:

  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British history
  • Understand where key events from local and world history fit chronologically
  • Establish clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Recognise connections, contrasts and trends over time
  • Use historical terms appropriately
  • Address and devise historically valid questions about:



similarity and difference


  • Select and organise relevant historical information to answer questions about the past.
  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.


We teach this through the topics of:

  • Stone Age to Iron Age
  • Romans
  • Vikings
  • Anglo Saxons
  • The impact of WWII on London
  • Crime and Punishment through the ages
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Greece
  • Mayan Civilisation


British History

In Key Stage 2, British history from Stone Age times till 1066 is taught focusing on periods of significance. Children will learn about how the period fits into the history of Britain to give a clear understanding of chronology, how there has been continuity and change over time and how this impacts the present day. Year 6 will also consider how crime and punishement has changed throughout the history of Britain till the prsesent day. 


World History

In KS2 each class will complete a topic about an important civilization and how they have influenced the world.

Year 3 – The Vikings

Year 4 – Ancient Egypt

Year 5 – Ancient Greece

Year 6 – The Mayans 


Local History

Wherever possible links will be made to local history. Year 4 will also focus on how World War II  impacted South East London.


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.