“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” 

Theodore Roosevelt


  • At Clifton with Rawcliffe, our History curriculum provides opportunities to develop historical enquiry skills so that children can evaluate information, understand chronology as a concept and think critically. 
  • Children develop an understanding of different historical periods and the people who lived and worked in these times. This allows an appreciation of historical heritage. 
  • We strive to develop a love of History and an appreciation of where we are today as a result of it. 
  • We encourage the ability to investigate, evaluate sources and reflect on events and interpretations of the past, which prepares children for the next stage of their history education.
  • Being based in York, we strive to take advantage of the rich historical opportunities located within the area. 
  • The choice of historical periods we learn about follows the guidance set out in the National Curriculum, with specific details relating to significant events and individuals chosen to present a rich and diverse account of British and world history.


Children will consider the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, diversity of societies and relationships between different groups as well as their own identity  and challenges of time. Children will learn to respect how different people have shaped our world as it is today.


Children develop the skills to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others views using historical evidence from a range of sources and communicate their ideas in a variety of ways.


Children are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop judgement.


Responsibility is about personal commitment. Children claim the history tasks as their own – either through class discussion, group activities or written work. They are proud of their work and interested in learning about humans and the choices they made.


Friendship is about connections and appreciation of our differences. Learning about events in the past and alliances that occurred as a result of them will ensure that children are well rounded and able to make informed decisions about their behaviour.


  • The History curriculum focuses on the targets outlined in the National Curriculum for Years 1 to 6 and EYFS Development Matters.
  • Progression of knowledge, skills and vocabulary is meticulously planned across year groups with opportunities to make meaningful connections with other projects and revisit prior learning.
  • Our planning promotes the progression of historical knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills, and the opportunity to recap previous learning in order to develop a coherent chronological understanding of local, British and world history.
  • We organise inspiring visitors and activities in school, this allows us to have an immersive approach to our History teaching. We bring our History curriculum to life by creating engaging activities and making links to other subjects.
  • Educational visits out of school, such as the Yorkshire Museum, enhance our curriculum and bring learning to life through real artefacts, scenes, and workshops that further develop historical knowledge and understanding. We maximise trips within the local area and the rich history of the City of York.
  • Teachers are encouraged to use the extensive school grounds, forest school and the local area to make learning relevant and engaging.


  • Children will enjoy a love of history and an understanding of how the past has influenced modern life.
  • By the end of Year 6, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. They will be able to make comparisons and form connections between different time periods and their own lives.
  • Children will develop enquiry skills that they can use in the future to think critically and analytically.
  • Children will have a knowledge of the local area of Yorkshire and of the key events and people that have shaped the world in which they live.