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Moston Lane

Community Primary School

‘Be The Best You Can Be’



At Moston Lane Primary School, our intent is that our teaching of History will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of the past. We aim to enable children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. Through the teaching of History, we endeavor to teach our children 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.


We implement History through writing and discrete History lessons, although making other cross-curricular links are encouraged. We carry out the curriculum planning in History in three stages long-term (Curriculum Maps), medium-term (Year Group Overviews) and short-term (weekly planning). History is planned through creative and purposeful learning opportunities with the class learning ‘experience’. The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in History lessons. We recognise that in all classes children have a wide range of ability in history, and we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We do this through differentiated planning, a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities. Within lessons, we give children the opportunity to work both on their own and collaboratively with others through Kagan structures, listening to other children’s ideas and treating these with respect. Here they are given creative opportunities to practise, consolidate and extend skills. Children critically evaluate work and that of others.


History tells the story of each and every one of us; people from this country and people from all over the world. History is the relationship between the past and the present; looking at people’s heritage and retelling stories of where they came from. Studying people’s actions over time and how these cause change through analysing the evidence and studying the belongings left behind by generations.

At Moston Lane, History lessons focus on developing historical enquiry and encourage the children to work as historians. Through an enquiry based approach, by the end of KS2 it is expected that the children are able to ask relevant questions, pose and define problems, plan what to do and how to research, predict outcomes and anticipate consequences, test conclusions and improve ideas.


Please click below to view the policy:

 History Policy


Below is the ‘Curriculum Map’ and 'Progression of Skills & Knowledge, which outlines the activities and skills that will be taught throughout the year:

History Curriculum Overview

Progression of Skills & Knowledge



Here you can find the 'Age Related Expectations' for each year group, which outlines what skills a child should be able to do at the end of each year. Children will be assessed against these expectations to see what they have achieved, and what they need to work on next.

Please follow the links to find out more about the expectations for your child:



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


Knowledge Organisers

Please find the 'Knowledge Organiser' for your child's year group and topic below. They contain key words and information that the children will be learning throughout their topic this half term. 

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Autumn 1 - Our School   Autumn 1 - Anglo Saxons, Scots & Vikings Autumn 1 - World War 2 
Autumn 2 - Moon Zoom Autumn 2 - Stone Age to Iron Age Autumn 2 - Anglo Saxons, Scots & Vikings Autumn 2 - Victorian Schools Autumn 2 - World War 2 
Spring 1 - Changes in Toys  Spring 1 - The Great Fire of London  Spring 1 - Stone Age to Iron Age Spring 1 - Cottonopolis Spring 1 - Emmeline Pankhurst & Votes for Women Spring 1 - Ancient Civilisation: The Maya
Spring 2 - Adventurers and Explorers Spring 2 - The Plague Spring 2 - Hough Hall Spring 2 -Early Islamic Civilisation Spring 2 - Ancient Civilisation: The Maya
Summer 1 - Victorian Seaside Summer 1 - The Roman Empire Summer 1 - Ancient Civilisation: The Egyptians  Summer 1 - Ancient Civilisations: Ancient Greeks   Summer 1 - The Titanic
Summer 2 - The Roman Empire Summer 2 - Ancient Civilisation: The Egyptians  Summer 1 - Ancient Civilisations: Ancient Greeks 

Great Fire of London - The National Archives Workshop

 Year 2 have been looking at the Great Fire of London in History and were lucky enough to take part in a 'Great Fire of London' virtual workshop delivered by The National Archives. 

During the virtual session, the children looked at different archives and artefacts to show what we know about the fire and how they can help us to discover more.

The children had lots of fun and asked some fantastic questions! 

Our School

In Year 1 we have been learning about our school and how it has changed. We were lucky enough to be sent pictures of our school from the 1940's for us to look at. We looked closely at the pictures to see if we could recognise anything and we did! We noticed that we had the same high windows and the same school hall as in the past. We thought about questions we could ask our grandparents about when they were at school and made some great comparisons!

Remembrance Day 

The children enjoyed learning about Remembrance Day and the importance of the poppy. We created some poppy artwork across the school as well as doing some writing and reading about Remembrance Day.  

Here are some of the brilliant work that the children produced. 

Black History Month 2020

 This October, we celebrated Black History Month across the school. Each year group had a significant and inspiring person to research and learn about. Take a look at some of the fantastic work the children have done to celebrate Black History Month.

 History around our school

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Moston Lane, Moston, Greater Manchester, M9 4HH

Tel: 0161 205 3864