History Curriculum

History at St Clare’s

At St Clare’s, children are immersed into the past and the events that have shaped the world as we know it today. We aim to develop a culture of enquiry in the school where children are able to ask questions and discover for themselves what history means to them. Children throughout their academic journey are provided with the opportunity to explore a vast range of different time periods across British history and other ancient civilisations. Children will learn and develop:

  • What is history? The first step in any journey into the past is an understanding of what we mean by history.
  • To become familiar with new historical terminology such as civilisation, empire and AD and BC.
  • Understand the importance of chronology and where different topics of history fit together.
  • Compare different time periods against one another finding similarities and differences.
  • Study famous individuals that have had a long lasting effect on history and are still celebrated to this day.
  • Historical research skills, with children conducting their own enquires.
  • Engage in historical debates with one another putting forward their own historical arguments and suggestions.
  • Hands on – analysing a range of artefacts from different time periods to gain a secure understanding of what life was like in the past.

As historians in Year 1 we look at how toys have changed over the past 100 years, what has changed in Blackley over the past century and how explorers have changed throughout history, looking at Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. Below are examples of the work from this year.

Year 1 history photos

As historians in Year 2 we look at Victorian Britain and how Manchester was an important city, The Great Fire of London and Florence Nightingale comparing what she did with Mary Seacole and a modern-day nurse. Below are examples of the work from this year.


As historian in year 3 we start looking at prehistory and the Stone Age, we continue the topic through the Bronze and Iron age. We also look at the Romans and how they change Britain after their invasion. Below are examples of the work from this year.

Year 3 history photos

As historians in year 4 we continue the British history timeline by covering Saxon Britain. We also look at Viking Britain and Ancient Egypt. Below are examples of the work from this year. Below are examples of the work from this year.

Year 4 history photos

As historians in year 5 we look at Ancient Greece and how it’s legacy still carries on today. We cover African history by looking at the Benin Empire, crime and punishment looking at how it has changed throughout British history starting at Roman Britain. Below are examples of the work from this year.

Year 5 history photos

As historians in year 6 we look at WW2 and its effect on Britain, also looking at the Mayan civilisation. Below are examples of the work from this year.

Year 6 history photos

The Queens platinum Jubilee Celebrations 

To celebrate the upcoming Platinum Jubilee, the children had the opportunity to visit other classrooms and take part in many exciting activities such as collaging the Queen's head, making crowns, money boxes decorated with jewels, art and craft soldiers, painting jubilee plates and many many more. The lunch halls were also decorated, as well as many classrooms, and areas around the school. The children had a fabulous day, and marked this incredible moment in our history with lots of fun! 

Useful website links

KS1     https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zkqmhyc

KS2    https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zcw76sg