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At Horbury St Peter’s and Clifton Primary School, we intend to instil the “St Peter’s and Clifton School Spirit”  in all our children. The teaching of history in particular encourages our children to be:




as they open their hearts and minds to the lives of others, past and present, consider thoughtfully how the world around us has changed and never be afraid to ask questions.



All pupils:

Study units framed around questions, aimed at developing their sense of historical enquiry and impress the naturally inquisitive nature of history learning

  • Have exposure and access to a wide range of sources and artefacts to help build a comprehensive understanding of how historical events have impacted the lives of those living at the time and today; to use these sources to understand different representations of the past
  • Scrutinise and compare sources; question reliability of information
  • Promote, use and encourage appropriate historical terms to broaden our children’s vocabulary
  • Identify similarities and difference between ways of life in different periods
  • Ask and answer question and by KS2 address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.
  • Choose and use parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. By KS2 construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information
  • Cover a range if in depth and overview topics to help pupils understand both the long arc of development and the complexity of specific aspects of the content.



The monitoring of the standards of children’s work and of the quality of teaching in History is the responsibility of the subject leader. The work of the subject leader also involves supporting colleagues in their teaching, being informed about current developments in history and providing a strategic lead and direction for this subject in the school. The subject leader reviews and evaluates planning annually. It involves creation of an action plan with regular, termly review.

Y4 had the chance to dress like a viking and enjoyed a day of making, bartering and feasting.

Castles, Y1

To help us understand why castles were built from wood and then stone, Y1 'built' their own wooden castle and tried to knock it down. It was very easy so we then tried to knock down a stone wall in the same way.

Stone Settlements, Y4

Children in Y4 research what a stone age settlement looks like. Visit our Y4 Class pages to view the results.

Battle of Bosworth, Y5

Our children in Year 5 re-enact the Battle of Bosworth. They produce shields, helmets, swords and a red or white rose. They are split into two opposing camps - The House of York led by King Richard III and the House of Lancaster led by Henry Tudor. They then go into battle! You can view all the photos here.

World War II Day, Y6

Our Year 6 children travel back in time to the 1940's for World War II Day. You can read about it and view the photos here.

Tudor Day, Y5

Year 5 took part in Tudor Day. The children dressed as Tudors. You can read all about it and view the photos here.