Therfield First School

“Bringing Learning to Life”

Duckpuddle Class (KS1)

History in Key Stage 1 

In Duckpuddle Class, we learn about the following history topics:

  • Historical Heroines – Florence Nightingale
  • Fire! Fire! – The Great Fire of London
  • Journeys – Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus
  • Toys Past and Present – Changes in living memory
  • Our Village - Significant historical events, people, and places in their own locality
  • Kings and Queens – Significant individuals in the past


History topics are bought to life through many different styles of learning. An example of this is during our Fire! Fire! topic when our children used their senses to taste cheese, bake bread and watch/smell/hear Pudding Lane burn to the ground during The Great Burn event! We are very lucky to have support from our local museum, who regularly deliver workshops where the children get to dress up and partake in a range of re-enactments, i.e. Florence Nightingale and Samuel Pepys.  History lessons are highly participative, involving role-play and other practical activities to enable pupils to time travel to the past!  History-led topics, usually have a history-inspired BIG BANG to launch the half term's learning.