Our whole school Dynasties 21/22 project has the common thread of studying how civilisations have shaped the world and our lives. Our children will be looking at a range of dynasties, cultures, societies and empires to find out about their legacies how they have influenced and formed society, culture, and the way of life across history – from dinosaurs up to present Royal Families. Our children will also study animal dynasties looking at how they struggle against rivals and against the forces of nature, fighting for their own survival and for the future of their dynasties. 

Children will be taught historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses. 


Through all national curriculum subjects and the Early Years Framework, each year group explores different aspects: 

Foundation Stage: Dangerous Dinosaurs 

This exciting project teaches children about the different animals that roamed Earth millions of years ago and how they are related to animals that live on Earth today. 

Year 1 / 2: Magnificent Monarchs

This project teaches children about the English and British monarchy from AD 871 to the present day. Using timelines, information about royal palaces, portraits, and other historical sources, they build up an understanding of the monarchs and then research six of the most significant sovereigns. 

Year 3 / 4: Through the Ages

This project teaches children about British prehistory from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, including changes to people and lifestyle caused by ingenuity, invention, and technological advancement. 

Year 5 / 6; Dynamic Dynasties

This project teaches children about the history of ancient China, focusing primarily on the Shang Dynasty, and explores the lasting legacy of the first five Chinese dynasties, some of which can still be seen in the world today.