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History at Cloverlea

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At Cloverlea we provide a high-quality history education which will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching equips pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand 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.

(National Curriculum 2014)


The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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
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Progression of Skills


Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught about: 

  •  changes within living memory including aspects of change in national life 
  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally
  •   the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Comparing aspects of life in different periods, in particular Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong and Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale ​ 
  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.


Key Stage 2

Pupils should be taught about:


Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. This could include:

  • late Neolithic hunter-gatherers and early farmers
  • Bronze Age religion, technology and travel, Stonehenge


The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. This could include:

  • Julius Caesar’s attempted invasion in 55-54 BC
  • the Roman Empire by AD 42 and the power of its army
  • successful invasion by Claudius and conquest, including Hadrian’s Wall
  • British resistance
  • ‘Romanisation’ of Britain: and the impact of technology, culture and beliefs, including early Christianity


Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots. This could include:

  • Roman withdrawal from Britain in c. AD 410 and the fall of the western Roman Empire
  • Anglo-Saxon invasions, settlements and kingdoms: place names and village life
  • Anglo-Saxon art and culture
  • Christian conversion


The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.This could include:

  • Viking raids and invasion
  • resistance by Alfred the Great and Athelstan, first king of England
  • further Viking invasions and Danegeld
  • Edward the Confessor and his death in 1066


A local history study to Chester

  • a depth study linked to Chester
  • a study over time tracing how several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality (this can go beyond 1066)


A study of an aspect of history from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality.

  • A history of medicine through the ages
  • A significant turning point in British history; the Battle of Britain


Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world


A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history – one study chosen from: early Islamic civilization

History Curriculum



Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 1




How have cars, buses, trains and bicycles changed since our grandparents were little?



Why were Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus brave people?


Year 2


How has Florence Nightingale helped to make the world a better place?


What was it like when the Queen came to the throne in 1953



What were people elike who lived in Timperley 100 years ago?



Year 3




Topic Focus: Terrific Timperley and Cool Canals

The history of Manchester Ship Canal and Timperley



Ancient Greece


Stone Age

Year 4





Village Settlers



Year 5


Anglo Saxons



Ancient Egypt


History of Medicine



Year 6


Islamic Civilisation AD 900



Hitler’s invasion of Europe and its impact on Britain



The Viking and Anglo saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England

History Snapshots

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