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Why is History important?

History is important because it helps pupils to understand and interpret the past, and therefore, the present. Through history, pupils develop a deeper cross-cultural awareness and understanding of their own and others’ heritage, through looking at evidence and asking and answering questions. In History, we can analyse successes and failures, which, in turn, teaches us to learn from our mistakes.

Whole School Overview

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 1 Toys   Great Fire of London   Nurturing Nurses  
Year 2 Gunpowder Plot   War and Remembrance   Significant Explorers  
Year 3 Stone Age   Romans   Local History- Wythenshawe  
Year 4 Ancient Egypt   Anglo Saxons and Scots   Crime & Punishment  
Year 5 Ancient Greece   Vikings and Anglo Saxons   Manchester - Industrial Revolution  
Year 6 World War II   The Mayans   Individual Project on a Historical Figure   


How do we ensure National Curriculum Coverage?

At Saint Aidan’s Catholic Primary School, the Key Stage 1 curriculum ensures that pupils develop an awareness of the past and how things change over time (Toys, The Great Fire of London, Gunpowder Plot, War and Remembrance). Pupils know about historical figures (Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale, Edith Cavall, Neil Armstrong, Matthew Henson, Felicity Aston, Ibn Battuta) and events that they study and can identify similarities and difference between ways of life in different time periods. 

The children are taught about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements (Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale, Edith Cavall, Neil Armstrong, Matthew Henson, Felicity Aston, Ibn Battuta). Pupils are taught about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally and globally (The Great Fire of London, War and Remembrance).

In order to meet the National Curriculum Objectives for Key Stage 2 curriculum has been divided into British, local and world history. The British History is taught to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding to show clear progression and understanding of how Britain has changed throughout these periods. (Stone Age, Romans, Anglo Saxons, Vikings, Industrial Revolution, World War II)

In addition to British History, the Key Stage 2 curriculum will also explore the achievements of early civilisation through the study of Ancient Egytpians, Ancient Greeks and their influences. The children study a non-European society that provides contrast with British history (Mayans) and a local history study that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 (Industrial Revolution and the History of Wythenshawe)