History at John Ball
Subject Lead – Ayse Barut

“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” Paul Buck

“A high quality education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupil’s curiosity to know more about the past.” New National Curriculum 2014

The aim of history teaching at John Ball is to develop in our children an interest in the people and events of the past.  By the end of their time here we hope that our children can apply this knowledge and curiosity to the analysis of both what has happened in the past and to current events.

Local History

John Ball is blessed by a broad and fascinating local history; from myths about the Black Death in Blackheath, Royal tales from Greenwich and the wealth of historical stories around Lewisham.  We are committed to working with local historical associations and community groups to help our children understand the wealth of history around them.

History 1


The History Curriculum 

The History curriculum was updated in 2014 and our curriculum reflects this.  By the end of their time at John Ball pupils should be able to describe and explain past events based on evidence and their own imaginative reconstruction. 

How is it taught?


We are fortunate to have access to London’s wealth of museums and historical sites so that the children and learn about and handle original artefacts and take part in exciting workshops.

Some trips planned this year

  • Horniman Museum
  • London Museum
  • Local Area Studies – Blackheath and Greenwich
  • Roman ruins in Greenwich park

Cross curricula links

Historical topics are often covered by or merged with other topics.  In KS1 the children will learn about key figures in Victorian history through their writing as well as their history lessons.  The children will also explore history through art whether it be cave paintings in Year 3, hieroglyphics in year 4, Greek crafts in Year 5 and considering how war is represented through art and literature in year 6. 


We will often invite in actors and companies to do workshops and plays for the children – bringing their topic to life in a fun and exciting way. 

Pictures of Roman workshop

History 2

Traditional Toy Making Workshop

History 3