The Who were the Huguenots? scheme of work fits into a number of curriculum areas of Key Stage 2, but works best as a History study with literacy, science and art and design embedded.


As a study within History at KS2, these web resources can be used to investigate methods of historical enquiry through written narrative, visual culture and maps. It makes connections, contrasts and follows trends over time. The study addresses historically valid questions about change and cause, similarity and difference and significance through a range of sources. Specifically Who were the Huguenots? can be used as:

  • A Local History Study beyond 1066. Particularly in Spitalfields and Soho in London – see Huguenot Walk around Spitalfields – as well as in the other locations featured in the theme Places and Traces. This could also link to KS2 Geography, specifically to ‘Geographical skills and field work’ for observing and mapping (online and on paper maps) a local area as well as physically by visiting.
  • Study of an aspect or theme in British History that extends chronological knowledge beyond 1066. The Huguenot story from the 16thC to 18thC can be explored through Who were the Huguenots?On the Move (refugees and persecution) and Talents of the Huguenots. Or the story could be refined to concentrate on the late 17thC and linked to the Great Fire, Plague and Revolution.

Art and Design

KS2 Art and Design can be incorporated within the project by looking at the Huguenot skills in weaving, patterns and textiles in the activities suggested in Fabrictastic or look at the Sir John Cass Primary School as a case study for ideas.

English / Literacy

Reading and good comprehension can be embedded through this study as a number of exercises – Archive Explorers for example – and the quizzes at the end of each theme (e.g. Talent of the Huguenots) look at written evidence and have understanding (or comprehension) questions to check and support knowledge.


Aspects of science can be embedded, for example lower KS2 (year 3) can use the weaving section to identify parts of flowering plants in designs the Huguenots created and Life cycle of a silk worm.

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