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 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 


History at St. Ambrose 



The school’s curriculum is rooted in the solid consensus of the school’s leaders about the knowledge and skills that pupils need in order to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. In this way, it can powerfully address social disadvantage.


It is clear what end points the curriculum is building towards and what pupils need to know and be able to do to reach those end points. 


The school’s curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before and towards its clearly defined end points.


The curriculum reflects the school’s local context by addressing typical gaps in pupils’ knowledge and skills. Curriculum planning accounts for delays and gaps in learning that arise as a result of the pandemic.


The curriculum remains as broad as possible for as long as possible, including when delivered remotely. Pupils are able to study a strong academic core of subjects, such as those offered by the EBacc.


There is high academic/vocational/technical ambition for all pupils, and the school does not offer disadvantaged pupils or pupils with
SEND a reduced curriculum. 



►The Curriculum is carefully planned through collaborative planning meetings and coacing to implement the National Curriculum and ensure confident subject knowledge of teachers. 

►Progression and skills are mapped out from EY to Year 6.

►Topics are taught alternative half terms with skills being retrieved, used and built upon in the following terms.

►Knowledge organisers, pre and post quizzes, retrieval practice activities and the outdoor spaces used.

► High quality teaching is planned for and delivered to develop local, national and global multi-cultural awareness and engage the children in their learning. 


Our Learning 

Please click on the links below to view the topic knowledge organisers for the different year groups to find out more about what we are 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 within living memory: Toys 

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

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Changes beyond living memory: History of Transport 


Year 2


Significant National Event:The Great Fire of London


Changes Beyong Living Memory: History of air travel 

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Significant Local Individual: Sir John Alcock


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 Egypt: Achievements of early civilisations

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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


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

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Study of a theme extending beyond 1066: Monarchy and Parliament


Local History Study: Peterloo Massacre

Special Events

BHM 2021:

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 2021:



Home-learning Links






https://invisible-cities.org/kids-section   free to download virtual tours of Manchester and other cities in the UK, supporting homeless people in the city. Donation suggested.



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