St Ambrose RC Primary School - History Curriculum Intent

“The one who concentrates his mind and his meditation on the lay of the highest, he researches into the Wisdom of all the Ancients.'' (Sirach 39:1)

At St Ambrose, we reflect the National Curriculum aims to:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

In this subject:

At St Ambrose, children learn about Britain’s past and that of the wider world, and 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. They will look upon the complexity of History and learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, develop perspective and judgement. The children have many opportunities to develop an understanding of the varying spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of history, which develops their understanding and appreciation of the world.

Through learning about important world historical events, changes, impacts on the people that lived in that time and the lasting impact on humanity now, children are able to see how the past has shaped the world and how their own lives have been enhanced by learning from the history of yesterday. 

In God's family, we grow and learn, in love hope and faith.


Why teach History?

‘History is a living subject and one that prepares children for the future by helping them analyse the past'  Hywel Roberts 

What do our children think?...

'It helps us remember what happened in the past and in the future we can realise what may happen.' Year 5 Pupil 

'It gives us an understanding of what happened in the past'  Year 3 Pupil

'Because it is fun to learn about history, and we learn about new people who achieved great things. It helps us learn what it felt like for people who lived in the past.' Year 2 Pupil 


Our Learning 



Past and Now 

Family Histories 


Objects used in the past and now 


The story of Jesus and the Prophet Mohammed Jobs in the past and present  Stories of people who lived in the past in China and the UK 



Yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Familiar situations in the past: Christmas  Shops in the past- comparisons 


Organise events using basic chronology 


Key figures from the past and present  Familiar situations in the past: Holidays 

Year 1

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Changes beyond living memory: Family Histories  

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 Significant National People: Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale and Eva Lowe 

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Changes within living memory: History of Transport 


Year 2

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Changes Beyong Living Memory: History of air travel


Significant Local People, Places and Events: Sir John Alcock and Arthur Brown

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Neil Armstrong and Helen Sharmer 

Year 3

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Changes in Britain from Stone Age to Iron Age: Prehistoric Britain.


An overview of the earliest civilisations: Sumer, Egpyt, Indus, Shang 

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 In depth study of an earliest civilisation: Ancient Egypt


Year 4

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Ancient Greece 

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Roman Empire 


Local History Study: Roman Impact on Britain 


Year 5


British History: Britains settlements by the Anglo-Saxons and Scots


British History: The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor


Local History Study: The cotton trade and the impact of the Industrial Revolution on Manchester


Year 6

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Study of a theme extending beyond 1066: Struggle between Monarchy and Parliament over time


Local History Study: Peterloo Massacre


A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history: Maya

Special Events


Black culture, histories, individuals, and achievements are celebrated throughout our curriculum.

We recognise it is worth much more than one month, which is why we learn and commemorate and celebrate these stories and experiences throughout. 


 Remembrance Day:



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