At St. Andrew’s  we hope to use History to help pupils understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change and the diversity of societies throughout time.  By studying these, children will begin to form their own identity and understand the challenges of their time.

The teaching of History will inspire pupils to want to learn more about the past and should be used as a stimulus for cross curricular learning.  Skills which children should develop when studying History include: asking perceptive questions, thinking critically,  weighing evidence, sifting arguments and developing perspective and judgement.  All children will be equipped with a chronological narrative of history from the earliest times to the present day.

If parents would like to encourage their child’s development of historical knowledge, there are many free museums in Hull’s Old Town which can be visited.  Also, a trip to a local library can open up a world of History books for your child to enjoy.

Fire of London Display

Fire of London Maths






At St. Andrew’s, the teaching of history is organised in a number of ways: it can be

integrated as part of a year groups termly topic, taught in a focused history lesson or taught within other subject areas (in particular as part of Literacy, ICT, Art and D.T).

Children are encouraged to record their work in a variety of ways.  The may use a form of writing such as recount, narrative or non chronological reports. They are encouraged to make charts or graphs, produce art work or D.T projects, use ICT or record discussions or songs, participate in role play, acting out events from the past. They may take part in debates, interviews or discussions all based around history topics.

Children are given the opportunity to use a wide range of primary and secondary sources.  These can include books, pictures, paintings, artefacts, maps, ipads or other ICT equipment and oral evidence collected from visitors.  Topic boxes are kept in the research room, these are filled with resources to simulate lessons.

Classes are encouraged to make trips to historical sites and museums to see for themselves primary sources and inspire further interest and learning.

Children’s work in History is often displayed around the school.

Going for Gold!

To be Gold in History:

  • Children need to demonstrate a clear understanding of the past and be able to, at an age-appropriate level.
  • Children need to consider different types of evidence and how these impact on what historians think.
  • Children also need to use and apply maths skills to create chronology in their understanding and compare dates and periods.


Problem Solving!


  • I know how to put a few events/objects in order of when they happened.
  • I can use a timeline to place events which I have found out about. (This can be for different time periods learnt in previous years or for a time period you are studying)
  • I can look at objects from the past and ask ’What were they used for?’
  • I can chose reliable sources of evidence. (Ask how do we know they are reliable?)
  • I have looked at two different versions of the same event and identified differences in the account.  (For example a Viking warrior and an Anglo-Saxon villagers view on a raid).
  • I understand that it is important to know that some evidence from the past/present  is propaganda/opinion or misinformation and that this   affects interpretations of History. (For example British / German   newspaper articles about the Blitz in WW2).
  • Give own reasons as to why changes may have occurred in a time period / across time periods.
  • I can describe how some of the things in the past affect life today. (e.g. Stone Age people beginning to live in communities and develop farming techniques).
  • I can present my findings about the past in a number of ways: using writing, maths ICT, drama or art.



William Shakespeare

To celebrate the approaching  Shakespeare Week the  organisers, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, have launched a Shakespeare portrait competition for 2020’s with an Art and Design theme. Primary school children aged 11 and under to create their very own portrait of William Shakespeare for a chance to win fabulous prizes! The winning child’s artwork being exhibited at The Lowry, in Greater Manchester. Pupils at St.Andrew’s Primary School in their art lesson have been creating their own portraits for the competition. The competition enable pupils to use their skills and knowledge that they have learned in their art lessons to create their own work of art. Pupils were also able to learn extra skills to complete the task to a high level. An essential part of the Art curriculum states that pupils are equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Pupils were also taught the history of William Shakespeare and the effect he had on the history of our country.  Having a high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past. This links in well to the history curriculum. A selection of these portraits from each year group are shown below. Year 2          Year 3       Year 4      Year 5           Year 6           Children have until 31 January 2020 to enter their artwork. Full details are available on the Shakespeare Week... read more

The Deep

The visit to The Deep allowed Year Two children to inspire in various curriculum subjects while enjoying their time exploring this spectacular aquarium. Art and Design allows pupils to explore their ideas,recording their experiences by producing creative work. English allows pupils to communicate their ideas and emotions to others. Pupils first-hand experiences of science while exploring The Deep provides the pupils with a foundation for understanding the world. The Deep allows pupils to gain a curiosity and fascination about the world which links to... read more

Landing at Gold with Shakespeare.

During their topic of Shakespeare, Year 5 have researched and located the counties and rivers surrounding Shakespeare’s place of birth. They have then provided a map and the grid reference of key places in Shakespeare’s life. So if you’re interested in visiting Stratford-Upon-Avon it is worth checking with the Year 5. They know where to go! Joined up learning included geography, history, English and maths. Brilliant work Year... read more

Problem Solving with History

Children took part in a fun problem solving treasure hunt linked to learning about Roman numerals in an outdoor maths lesson. They worked in teams to find as many answers as they could to the problems... read more

History Day

During our most recent History Day, classes used History across a variety of different subjects to learn about the past. Here are two examples of KS2 Writing work based on their year group’s History topic. read more