Why teach History? 

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

'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 


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.


  • History allows children to develop a critical understanding and curiosity of the past. It enables our children to develop an appreciation of different cultures, people’s lives and the complexity of change.
  • Through our History curriculum the children encounter big questions that extend their understanding of issues, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
  • The History curriculum has been designed around the requirements of the National Curriculum in collaboration with external experts. We have carefully selected the areas of study to support the curriculum needs ensuring appropriate challenge and progression is provided across the year groups.
  • The curriculum enables our children to broaden their social and cultural awareness. Carefully planned enquiry-led opportunities allow the children to develop their awareness and knowledge of the local area.



Curriculum underpinned by BIG Questions to develop critical thinkers and advocates for change

► We aim to teach about local, national and global history in line with the national curriculum.

► We aim to provide a challenging and engaging curriculum that allows the children to have a comprehensive understanding of chronology, historical enquiry and how the past has influenced the present. 

►The children will learn about key figures from the past who have transformed and influenced the society they lived in and explore the legacy they have left. 


►The Curriculum is carefully planned through collaborative planning meetings to implement the National Curriculum.

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

►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. 


► The impact of our curriculum can be seen and heard when you talk with our children about their experiences and the changes in our community and society they have influenced

The high-quality learning which is produced in their books, demonstrates the progress the children make from their starting points to their end points and this is celebrated through outstanding learning environments. 




Year 1

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Toys: Changes Within Living Memory 

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Mary Seacole: Significant National Person 


History of Holidays: Changes Beyond Living Memory


Year 2


The Great Fire of London: Significant National Event


History of air travel: Changes Beyong Living Memory

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Sir John Alcock: Significant Local Individual 


Year 3

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Prehistoric Britain-Stone Age to the Iron Age: Changes in Britain


Fashion: Theme Extending Beyond 1066

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Ancient Greece: A study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world


Year 4

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Ancient Egypt: Achievements of early civilisations

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Roman Empire and impact on Britain


Local History Study: Roman settlement in Manchester


Year 5


The settlements of the Anglo-Saxons and Scots


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


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


Democracy: Study of a theme extending beyond 1066


Peterloo Massacre: Local History Study



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