Use the study of specific themes or aspects of history, such as food, clothing, crime and punishment and more, to develop a secure understanding of chronological history and changes through time in your KS1 or KS2 class.
Hamilton provide a range of exciting and engaging social history topics for key stage 1 and lower key stage 2.
Pupils should [...] develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
National Curriculum in England
Be introduced to historical concepts, vocabulary and representations through exploring the ways in which life has changed over the time of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. Develop a chronology of:
This topic provides a fantastic opportunity to explore your local history. Get children talking to grandparents about their experience of changes through time, organise a visit to a local transport museum, or share and examine historical artefacts such as letters and telegrams from your area!
Explore our topic about Changes within Living Memory for KS1.
Our fabulous topic about British Clothing tracks the changes in clothing from 1066 to the present day. Year 3 and Year 4 children learn about the key changes in fashion, materials and manufacturing processes and gain an understanding of changes through time relating to this aspect of social history in Britain.
This is also a truly immersive and practical hands-on topic, with opportunities for children to experiment with manufacturing techniques ranging from weaving to embroidery to batik!
Explore our topic about British Clothing for LKS2.
In this thoughtful and sensitive topic, Year 3 and Year 4 children are introduced to the development of the system of courts, police and different approaches to punishment. Look at different aspects of justice, including:
This is a wonderfully creative topic, with activities such as creating a 3D model of a courtroom, sketching historical characters, role-playing an Anglo-Saxon courtroom drama and drawing a police recruitment poster.
Explore our Crime and Punishment topic for LKS2.