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Kew Riverside Primary School

Children at the heart of everything we do


History is important.

"If you don't know [your family's] history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree".

Michael Crichton

The study of our history is a way to put the pieces of the past together and show how we came to be where we are today.  

Our aim when teaching History is to enrich and delight, and to foster a desire for knowledge.  History should be taught through its objects and its stories.  We want our children to have enquiring minds, to question the traditional views of History and to learn from the darker periods of History to be able to contribute a socially responsible view of the world.  

Below are some useful website s for Primary History (Courtesy of the Historical Association)


Great Fire of London:

Told in story form

The Tudors:

Simplified information and quizzes

Simple information produced on a website by children

A Key Stage 2 resource package from  Royal Armouries

The Tudors using ICT from Teachers' TV

Ancient Greece

Guide to links between Ancient Greece and the Olympics, as provided by the HA

Factual site - very pupil friendly.

A kid's diary of what Greece is like today

A factual site, simplified for children

Greek myths for children, with frame to write their own.

Florence Nightingale

Teaching famous people at KS1 - HA provided

Pupil Friendly factual information

Interactive site from the BBC

Florence Nightingale through drama from Teachers' TV

The Florence Nightingale Museum. They have artefacts online.

Indus Valley

Interactive site from the BBC

Interactive factual site for children


Fact/information site for kids

Simple information for kids

The Victorians

Simplified pupil friendly factual site

Interactive factual site with links and games from the BBC.

World War II

Links to great new interactive site by award winning film maker Laurence Rees - However, you need to be a member of the site to get the full benefit. Reductions are on offer to HA members.

What it was like to be a child in World War II from the BBC

Factual children friendly site

Ancient Egypt

Simple pupil friendly factual site

Factual site for children

Factual site for children

Primary school site with simple facts designed for children

List of fun sites for pupils on Ancient Egypt

Escape from the mummy's tomb interactive game offered by National Museums Liverpool

The Vikings

Simple child friendly site

Fun facts about the Vikings

Factual site with games

Fun interactive site from the BBC for kids

Jorvik Viking Centre


Resource pack provided by museum of childhood and partners.

A brief history of toys to get you started

Topic pack of resources for teaching the topic.


The Historical Association

Encyclopedia site on a vast number of topics

BBC History

BBC History learning site

Decent coverage of primary topics

The History Faculty - Some podasts available. This may be of more use to secondary schools, but may be good for subject knowledge

Good on Tudors and Victorians and provides other weblinks.