We follow the National Curriculum which enables our children to:

Develop a clear understanding of chronology. We want our children to develop cultural capital through the teaching of history. We hope that all children will be confident and understand what rights they have. We want our children to have a good understanding of Britain’s history and how the United Kingdom and monarchy has changed through time. Children will study key significant people and understand how society has developed and changed. We also want our children to have a wider understanding of the world and other civilisations that have had an impact on their lives

We have designed our curriculum so that the youngest children in the school learn about the most recent history and build upon this year by year. Every phase doing the same theme at the time allows collaborative learning and whole school events if appropriate. Within each topic, the concepts become more complex but allow opportunities for the children to make connections with prior knowledge.


In all subjects at Barlow Hall we use six Thinking Concepts:

  • Continuity and Change over Time
  • Inter-relationships
  • Perspectives
  • Similarities and Differences
  • Analysing and Interpreting
  • Cause and Effect

Our history subject concepts are:

  • Chronology
  • Society
  • Significance


The Struggle for Power, Control and Equality:

  • The role of the modern monarchy (KS1)
  • Racial equality (KS1)
  • Challenges to the monarchy: English Civil War (LKS2)
  • Gender equality (LKS2)
  • Challenges to the monarchy: how the power and perception of the monarchs change (UKS2)
  • Struggle for the right to vote (UKS2)

Voyage and Discovery:

  • Ancient Egypt (KS1)
  • Ancient Greeks (LKS2)
  • Islamic Civilisations (UKS2)

Life in Britain through the ages:

  • History of our School (KS1)
  • World War 2 (KS1)
  • Life in Victorian Manchester (LKS2)
  • Tudor Life (LKS2)
  • Anglo Saxons and Vikings (UKS2)
  • Celts and Romans (UKS2)

Our curriculum is designed so children are taught the knowledge then use their knowledge. We build knowledge from one year to another, moving from a basic understanding to an advanced model where understanding is applied to fluency and then a deep and automatic understanding. In our lessons we build on prior knowledge and link back and forwards to embed our knowledge. We return to key concepts so that are children know more and remember more.