Cannon Lane

Primary School

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At Cannon Lane children enjoy learning history and geography, whereby exciting cross curricular links are made to other subjects, and regular school excursions help inspire and engage them.


Pupils learn about the environment, lives and lifestyles of familiar people in the recent past and about famous people and events from further back in history, with a key focus on those that have impacted Britain. 


Children actively study the local features and extend their learning outside their local area to other parts of the UK. Geographical skills such as: use of maps and coordinates, atlas work, observations about the weather, climate and outdoor field work, prepares children with a sense of empathy and responsibility towards their own environment.


We organise lots of engaging trips and visits, and themed days/weeks such as: Earth Week, Greek day and WWII Tea to consolidate children's understanding of the humanities curriculum.




All children should be provided with opportunities and encouraged to:


  • Develop interest and curiosity about their surroundings – on a local, national and global scale.
  • See their place in a changing society both environmentally and historically.
  • Develop a sense of responsibility towards the environment.
  • Develop children’s respect for the difference between nations, cultures and historical development.







                           Humanities Curriculum Map


Year Group






Ourselves & People who Help Us

Talking about own lives and the lives of family. Talking about the environment around them and recognising changes.


Traditional Tales & Superheroes

Beginning to understand their lives are not the same as those of their friends. Developing respect for all traditions. Learning about growth and what plants and animals need to grow.

Space& Mini-Beasts

Recognising and understanding the differences and similarities between themselves and others. Making observations of animals and plants, Explaining why and how changes occur.

Year 1

Changes Beyond Living Memory


Bonfire night

First aeroplane flight

The Monarch’s Birthday

Shakespeare’s Birthday

Common Wealth Day



The location of the Common Wealth countries

Weather in the Common Wealth

National days

Changes Within Living Memory



Our parents


Transport (Moon Landings – Neil Armstrong)

Keeping in touch

Royal Births



Changes in food, food miles, where does our food comes from?

Identifying countries around the world.

Where do we live?

Where is our school?

Can you use a map to guide you around the school?

Journeys/Weather Experts


Explore how travel has changed – boats and ships.

Famous explorers



Daily weather changes and patterns

Climates around the world.

Extreme weather







Year 2

We Are Britain


Who is in our Royal Family?

Famous monarchs of Britain

Who is in my family?

Identifying cultures in Britain.

‘Famous for more than five minutes’



Where we are in the world and our 4 Nations – including key features mountains, hills, rivers canals.


Local study - Our school and Pinner


Fire, Fire!


The Great Fire of London

Fire safety then and now.

London of 1666

Influential individuals



Where else in the world are there great fires and why?

What is the impact of these great fires?

Why do fires happen in nature?

Changes in the land after fires.

The Sea Side


Sea mythology

Famous journeys and explorers - Charles Darwin.

Christopher Columbus



Oceans and Seas of the world.

Atlantic Vs Pacific

What do we find in our oceans?

Treasure maps, using directions and compass points.

Year 3

Stone age, Bronze age and Iron age


Changes to Britain form the Stone Age to the Iron Age, clothing, lifestyle, cave paintings.



Human settlement in villages: Skara Brae and an Iron Age fort.

Invaders and Settlers: The Romans


Armies, impact on the world and U.K, lifestyle, clothing and schooling.



Map work: U.K and the locality, Roman settlements, invasions.



Passport around the world


European study – famous people artists, sporting events significant places.



Seasons in the UK and around the world, physical changes to landscape in different climate zones, effect of global warming

Identifying capital cities.

Planning a trip through Europe.

Create your own Eden project?

Year 4

Invaders and Settlers: The Anglo Saxons & Vikings


The success of Viking Invasion.

Explore the Viking way of life.

Explore Viking culture, mythology and art.



Where did the Vikings settle?

Differences between Scandinavia and the UK.

What is still left from the Vikings and where can we find it?

How did Vikings use rivers?

How are rivers formed?

Explore Viking trade routes


Earth matters

Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes


To recognise the impact of volcanoes and earthquakes on coastlines, cities and towns and how they have changed overtime, including Europe (Italy, France, Iceland etc.)



Describe and understand the key aspects of physical Geography around Europe.

Explore Mountain ranges in Europe.

Explore the workings of volcanoes

Explore the impact of earthquakes.


Ancient Egypt


Achievements by Egyptians, discoveries, royalty, medicine, lifestyle, schooling.

Exploring sources and artefacts from Egypt.



Location of the River Nile, human geography in Egypt, settlements and trade links


Year 5

Ancient Greece &

Comparing People and Places



A study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world


To study characteristics of significant human, physical and topographical features

Greece then and now.

European study

1000 Years of Crime and Punishment: A Case Study of the Tudors


Explore the significance of Crime and Punishment and how it has developed over time.

Importance of implementing Law.


A study of important Tudor monarchs and changes to the British Isles as a result, between the period




Discovering the new world

and Tudor explorers.

Local study – changes in our area.

The Impact of the Industrial Revolution: The First Railways


Explore the significance of Queen Victoria



Impact of Factories

Development of the railways

Child Labour

Dr Barnardo



Exploring the locations of the British Empire and how it has impacted the modern world


Year 6
















World War II in Europe & The Battle of Britain


Important dates and events during 1939-1945

Key figures


The home Front

Battle of Britain

Life in Germany& France

The Holocaust 



Locating allies and axis countries, and the political and physical changes to European countries

Coastlines and Fossils


Research on key individuals/ sources who supported the understanding of evolution (Mary Anning, Charles Darwin)



Use of maps, atlases and grid references to carry out a study how our coastlines have changed over time




South America & The Maya Civilisation


A contrast study of the Mayan civilisation (900 A.D.) to British history



Human and physical changes within cities in South America in contrast to UK, including a study of the Amazon Rainforest


Shang Dynasty

 (To be covered through Mandarin)