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: Mr Andrew Pickering
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At Horniman School we create excellent historians through the development of the children’s historical vocabulary, use of historical sources, understanding of chronology and ability to develop narratives within and across periods of study. Children gain 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. The children's own lives and the local area will be used as a starting point and wherever possible each topic area will be accompanied by educational visits to see real historical artefacts and sites.


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.

We teach this through the topics of:

· Ourselves

· Festivals

· Pirates

· and other topics based on the children's interests


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

· Home and Castles

· Famous lives – Frederik Horniman, Grace Darling, Ole Kirk Kristiansen 

· Transport - John Boyd Dunlop, Annie Londonderry

· The Great Fire of London

· Famous Nurses – Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole

· Black History Month


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:

- change

- cause

- similarity and difference

- significance.

· 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 and Vikings

· Local History - The impact of WWII on Children in London

· Thematic Study - Crime and Punishment through the ages

· Thematic study - Theatre through the ages

· Ancient Egypt

· Ancient Greece

· Mayan Civilisation

· Black History Month



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.