Moston Lane Community Primary School

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Moston Lane, Moston, Greater Manchester, M9 4HH

0161 205 3864

Moston Lane Community Primary School

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Hello, I'm Miss Potter and I am the History co-ordinator at Moston Lane. History has fascinated me since being in school and I love seeing the enthusiasm on our children's faces during their history lessons. I believe local history is an important part of our curriculum as it allows the children to connect with the area they live in. At Moston Lane, we love to get hands on and bring history to life! 


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 

International Women's Day

On 8th March 2022, we celebrated International Women’s Day across the school. Children took part in activities, learning about the achievements of women across the world, both past and present. We had a great day and learnt so much about the importance of equality and the need for everyone to be able to pursue their dreams!

Great Fire of London

 Year 2 have really enjoyed their Great Fire of London topic! They have placed the events of the fire on a timeline, created a newspaper article in our writing lessons, and compared London now to London during 1666. They also wrote some fantastic setting descriptions!

Emmeline Pankhurst

As part of our Year 5s Local History topic, they got the opportunity to visit North City Library for a workshop about Emmeline Pankhurst and the Suffragettes. We discussed why Emmeline Pankhurst was seen as important to Manchester and even found out some amazing facts about Moston! 

Did you know Emmeline Pankhurst held some of her rallies at Boggart Hole Clough?

We had a fantastic day and learnt lots of new information! 

Hough Hall

As part of their Local History topic, our Year 3s have been looking at Hough Hall. They researched what it looked like in the past and what it was used for before discussing why that might have been important for Moston and people's opinions of the Hall now. 

We also went to a workshop at North City Library where we discovered more about Hough Hall and Moston in the past. We even got the opportunity to use a green screen! 

We had lots of fun!

World War 2 

Our Year 6 children have been looking at World War 2 and taken part in a zoom with National Archives where they learnt lots about propaganda and how it was used. 

Benjamin from Team 15 also brought in his great-grandfather's medals, photographs, diary and lots of other interesting artefacts for the children to explore. Thank you Benjamin!

Remembrance Day 2021

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 2021

 This October, we celebrated Black History Month across the school. Each year group had a different artist to look at and inspire their artwork. We took part in lots of author zooms throughout the month. Each Key Stage had a different inspiring person to look at in history and we even had a week to celebrate great musicians of all genres. 

We also looked at Marcus Rashford and, as a school, celebrated his achievements both on and off the pitch. We took part in penalty shootouts and did lots of reading and writing about him. 

History around our school

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