Homework Gnome: History

Help with primary-school history homework

History is a compulsory national curriculum subject at Key Stages 1 and 2 and, throughout primary school, your child will be studying a range of different history topics. There is a new national curriculum for history being introduced in September 2014.

For primary-school history homework, your child will often be asked to find out facts about the topic they are studying, look at different sources, create a timeline, perhaps create a poster, a model or come to school dressed as someone from that period. As parents, you'll be encouraged to help your child research the topic, and perhaps further their interest by arranging visits to any relevant places of interest or museums.

As anyone will know who has done a search of the internet, you can never be sure whether the sites that come up are suitable for children. But with the Homework Gnome, you don't have to worry! Every history topic is covered in an age-appropriate style, with information, images and videos suitable for primary school children*.

To get started, just look through the list below to find the topic your child is studying at school now.


Stone Age Bronze Age Iron Age
Find out about the earliest period of human culture, where and how humans lived. Read about the important advances that shaped the Bronze Age in Britain. Why did the use of iron tools have such an impact on the life early Britons? Find out here.

Early civilisations (i)

Indus Valley Ancient Sumer Egyptial life and culture
This Bronze Age civilisation was huge, but no-one really knows why it disappeared. Find out about the amazing things the Ancient Sumerians invented (including writing and the wheel). Uncover fascinating facts about how the Egyptians lived, their Pharaohs and what they've taught us about maths, medicine and farming.
Pyramids and mummies    
Discover what a mummy is and what the pyramids were really intended for.    

Early civilisations (ii)

Benin The Shang Dynasty The Mayans
Find out about the first dynasty of the Edo and the legacy it has left today. Read about the Shang Emperors, Gods and how they predicted the future. They are famous for writing and building amazing pyramids. Discover more about the first Mesoamerican civilisation.
Native Americans Baghdad c900  
Read about the indigenous peoples and cultures of the United States and discover fascinating facts about their history. Discover a period where Islamic culture flourished and Baghdad became renowned as a centre of learning and tolerance.  

Greeks and Romans

Greek gods and mythology Greek life and culture The Roman Empire
Who were the gods and godesses that the Ancient Greeks worshiped and why were they often grumpy and sad? What did the Greeks ever do for us? Quite a lot, as it happens! Find out more about Ancient Greek philosophy, language, theatre, medicine, government and more. Read all about how the Romans extended their rule far beyond the borders of Rome and why the Empire finally fell.
Roman life and culture Julius Caesar Pompeii
What was it like to live in Italy when the Romans ruled? Find out how they spoke, dressed, lived and liked to relax. Find out about the most famous Roman leader, how he came to rule, his battles, why he was eventually killed and his legacy. In 79AD Mount Vesuvius erupted. Find out what happened to the people in nearby Pompeii.

Roman Britain

The Celts Boudica  
Find out about life during the Iron Age and how the Celts lived, worked and fought. She led a rebellion against the Roman occupation of Britain but was eventually defeated. Find out all about the life of Celtish queen Boudica.  

Anglo-Saxon Britain

The Anglo-Saxons

Alfred the Great

The Vikings
The Anglo-Saxons ruled England for 300 years. Discover their famous kings and find out all about what life was like in Anglo-Saxon England. Find out if Alfred really was 'great' and how he defended his kingdom against the Vikings. The Vikings attacked Britain in 700AD and changed the country for good before they were finally defeated.
Edward the Confessor 1066: the Battle of Hastings  
Find out why Edward was known for his faith and how his failures led to the Norman invasion of England. Discover how the events of 14 October 1066 changed the course of British history forever.  

Medieval history

The Normans The Magna Carta Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt
Read about the Norman invasion of England and the reign of William the Conqueror after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Find out about this important medieval document, written in 1215, that limited the rights of the king. Read about the life of England's "warrior king", Henry V, and his victory against the French at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.

The Tudors

The Tudors King Henry VIII Queen Elizabeth I
Religion, music and theatre, marriages, executions and punishments... it was all going on in Tudor times. Find out the truth about Henry VIII and his six wives, the palaces, the English Reformation, the entertainment and the fancy clothes. Discover why the daughter of King Henry VIII  and Anne Boleyn is one of the most famous queens England has ever had.
Mary Queen of Scots    
Queen of France and Queen of Scotland, but never Queen of England, Mary was Elizabeth I's cousin and arch rival.    

The Stuarts

London in the 1660s Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night The Great Fire of London
Overcrowding, disease, traffic and fake beauty spots... what was life really like in London in the 1660s? Who was the man behind the Gunpowder Plot and why do we light bonfires every November 5th? Discover how a fire in a bakery ended up destroying much of London.
The Great Plague Charles II  
By the end of 1665, about 100,000 people had died from the plague in London. Find out what caused it and how it spread. He was defeated by Oliver Cromwell but then came back to power in a period now known as the Restoration. Find out more...  

The Georgians

King George I Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar Wellington and the Battle of Waterloo
Find out how the first of the Hanoverian Monarchs helped to maintain the Protestant Church and defeated the Jacobites. Horatio Nelson is one of Britain's most celebrated naval commanders. Find out about his life and his triumph over Napoleon. Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, led the British army at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and defeated Napoleon’s French army.

The Victorians

Queen Victoria The Victorian era Life in the Victorian era
 Discover interesting facts about the longest-reigning monarch that Britain has ever had, her marriage to Albert and their children. Find out about all the changest that happened in Britain during Queen Victoria's long reign on the throne. New inventions, new laws and improving standards of living – find out what it was really like to live during the Victorian era.

Florence Nightingale    
Who was the lady of the lamp, what did she do to improve hospital conditions and why is she considered the founder of modern nursing?    

Britain in the Twentieth Century

The Suffragettes Word War I World War II
Who were the Suffragettes and how did they fight for votes for women? Find out about the main causes and events of the first World War (1914-1918), as well as conditions in the trenches and life in Britain. Remembrance Day and its significance are also covered. The events, battles and leaders of the second world war (1939-1945), including Dunkirk, D-Day, the Battle of Britain and the Battle of the Bulge.
Life in Britain during World War II Anne Frank and the Holocaust Queen Elizabeth II
Food rationing, the Blitz and evacuation were all part of life in Britain during WWII. Find out more about the land girls, bomb shelters and VE Day. The author of the world's most famous diary, Anne Frank, lived in Holland during WWII and died in the Holocaust. Queen Elizabeth II has been Head of State of the United Kingdom and Head of the Commonwealth since 1952. Find out more about her and the monarchy.
Winston Churchill    
The life and times of Britain's most famous politician and WWII leader.    

Black history

The Atlantic Slave Trade Mary Seacole Martin Luther King
Read about what happened during one of the darkest periods in history, what the slave trade involved and when it was finally outlawed. She was voted one of the Greatest Black Britons for her role helping injured soldiers in the Crimean War. Find out all about her life and work. Discover how this brave man played a crucial part in ending racial discrimination in the United States.
Nelson Mandela    
Find out about the man who spent 27 years in prison for believing that all people in South Africa should have equal rights.    


Houses and homes History of toys Castles
A cave, a cottage or a Celtic roundouse – what things do all homes have in common? Children have always played with toys, but they have changed a lot through the ages. Discover what toys were like 2000 years ago, how the teddy bear got his name and how toys have changed even since your parents were kids. Read about why castles were built, how they were defended and what it was really like to live inside a castle.

Adventurers, explorers and heroes

Christopher Columbus Sir Francis Drake The Armada
He's famous for discovering America, but he actually thought he'd landed somewhere else! Find out more about the famous explorer. He was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and was vice admiral of the English fleet at the time of the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Find out why the most famous fleet of all times set sail from Spain with the intention of invading England and overthrowing Elizabeth I.

Engineers and industrial history

George Stephenson Isambard Kingdom Brunel Titanic
He built the first passenger railways and the famous Rocket train. Find out all about him. Who was this famous Victorian engineer and how did he change transportation in Britain for ever? The most famous ship ever built, Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank on 15 April 1912.

Artists and writers

Shakespeare Leonardo Da Vinci  
Discover more about the life of this famous playwright and how his plays were first performed. Da Vinci was a Renaissance painter, a sculptor, an architect, a poet, a composer, a scientist, a mathematician and an inventor!  

Famous scientists

Sir Isaac Newton Mary Anning Thomas Edison
You might know him as the man who saw an apple fall and figured out gravity... but there is lots more to discover about this famous mathematician. Find out more about this famous fossil hunter and collector. If you think he's just famous for inventing the lightbulb, you'd be wrong! Find out why...
Galileo Robert Hooke Albert Einstein
Why is Galileo famous for his work on mathematics and astronomy and why did it eventually lead him into such trouble? Find out why Hooke was called a 'polymath’, an expert in many subjects. One of the most famous scientists of all time, Einstein revolutionised our understanding of gravity and relativity.
The most famous mathematician in Ancient Greece, Archimedes is famous for his work with simple machines. We still use his inventions today!    

Primary-school history explained

Find out more about what your child is taught in Foundation Stage history, Key Stage 1 history and Key Stage 2 history.

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