A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.


School Curriculum for History

Our teaching of this subject and the expectations we have of children are underpinned by the National Curriculum Programme of Study for History.

Throughout the school, children will be taught:

  • about the history of Britain, including the chronology of key periods of history and events
  • about the lives of British people in different periods on history and how Britain has influenced and has been influenced by the wider world
  • about the history of the wider world, the nature of ancient civilisations and empires, and the achievements and follies of mankind
  • about historical concepts, such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference
  • to make connections between periods of history
  • about the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims and how some evidence is more reliable than others

In Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), the children will be taught:

  • about changes in living memory
  • about the ways in which people used to live, e.g. in homes and on holiday
  • significant events beyond living memory, e.g. Great Fire of London
  • the lives of individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements, e.g. Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong, Florence Nightingale, Rosa Parks.

In Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6), the children will be taught:

  • more about chronology and the use and reliability of a range of historical evidence
  • about the Stone Age and the Iron Age
  • about the Anglo-Saxons and Scots (Celts)
  • about the Vikings
  • about significant events and changes in Britain since 1930
  • about World War II and its impact of people
  • about the history of Northenden and Manchester
  • about Ancient Egypt
  • about Ancient Greece
  • about the Mayans (South America study)
  • about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

The above are taught through discrete history lessons and history project work which usually relates to a topic or theme.  Educational Visits There are many educational visits (class visits) and in-school experiences which relate to the History curriculum.  These might include:

  • Stockport Air Raid Shelters (World War II)
  • Manchester Museum (Ancient Egypt)
  • Tatton Park (Viking Day Experience)
  • Dewa Centre, Chester (Romans)
  • Staircase House, Stockport (Great Fire of London)


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