Church of England School of the Resurrection

Belong, Believe, Achieve


C of E School of the Resurrection believe in delivering a high-quality history education, which will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world. It aims to inspire pupils' curiosity to know more about the past and 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.  Our school's approach to teaching history, should equip pupils to ask  perspective questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.  

C of E School of the Resurrection believe that, a high -quality history education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about their British heritage and significant people who influenced and shaped the future because of what they did for during their livetime.  At C of E of the Resurrection School, our philosophy is that History is an essential part of the curriculum and teachers ensure that the children develop their knowledge of key skills.

The school's educational aims and objectives follow the expectations required by The National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2. Also, links with our very youngest pupils learning, through the EYFS' knowledge and Understanding of the World objectives.

The History co-ordinator ensures that this is followed and monitors the delivery of the quality of lessons and pupils progress on a regular basis.


Our school teaches History through a creative learning and cross-curricular approach, over a two year cylce of topics. It uses enquiry questions  at the start of each topic to focus curiosity and genuine interest.  It is then assessed through addressing a key question, which is based around achieving National Curriculum age related skills.

This year we have reassessed our topics to ensure delivery takes into account our Christian ethos and therefore we have incorporated the 'HEARTSMART' project as key to our pupils' learning of the world and their role within it.  The 'HEARTSMART' approach to our creative curriculum is based on five Christian principles that aim to build strength in a child's mind, and importantly, their heart.  

Christian values and our ethos is at the 'Heart' of all our learning and our topics embed, those principles.

 Creative Curriculum Topics for the  academic year 2017/ 2018:-


Through the Early Learning Goals our Nursery and Reception children learn about  what their own home environment is like now and when their parents were young  through Knowledge and Curiosity of the World in which they live.

Autumn Term 2017

Focus is on  'Ourselves' and their immediate family tree. The Nursery and Reception children will learn about the past and present through 'then' and 'now'.  It will be taught through focused creative play opportunities, specific to the Early Learning Goals.


     Key Stage 1(years 1&2)

  Autumn Term 2017:-

 A1:-What has changed since our grandparents were young? Though first hand expereience the children will gain knowledge and understanding of what life was like for children approxiamately 50 years ago by having a 'Grandparents Day', where the children invite their own grandparents in to talk about what it was like for them growing up, for example :-the games they played, what their homelife was like,  schooling and health care. Consider and reflect upon has life changed for the better.

A2:- Who was famous when mum and dad were young? Pupils' to look at influential people of their parents generation and understand why and the impact it had on that time and the future.

  Spring Term 2018:- 

Spr 1:- Why was Christopher Columbus and other explorers brave? The children will be looking at fantastic voyages of discovery from the past and how they and the significant explorers, influenced that time in history and the cause and effect it had on the world for today's generation.  

Spr 2:- Why did the Titanic sink? Children to look at the differences of lifestyle for people dependent on wether you were rich or poor and the hierarchy of the 'class' society.

  Summer Term 2018:-

Sum 1 :- How has Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela helped to make the world a better place? The children will learn about the origins of these two significant people and how they were crucial in developing equal opportunities for all people, regardless of their colour or religion and how things have changed for today's multi-cultural generation.

SUM 2 :- What were the people who lived in our town like over a 100 years ago?  The pupils will study what life was like in Victorian England, particularly in Manchester with Industrial Revolution and the mills, and  how lifewas very different between the classes.   They will consider and reflect on the past and compare it with their own life today.

     Lower Key Stage 2 (years 3&4) 

  Autumn Term 2017:-

 A1:-Why were the Romans so powerful? 

 A2:-Why were the Norman castles not bouncy? 

   Spring Term 2018:- 

A1:- Who were the early law makers? 

A2:- Where would you choose to build a city? 

  Summer Term 2018:-

A1:- Why is Manchester such a cool place to live? 

A2:-  What would you have done after school 100 years ago? 


       Upper Key Stage 2 (years 5&6)

  Autumn Term 2017:-

  A1:-Who were The Mayans and what have we learnt from them?   

  A2:-How did the Mayan environment sustain 'life', human and the natural world?

  ( Whole term Cross-curricular, creative learning project, based on developing individual research skills to achieve end of key stage 2 specified         skills.)

  Spring Term 2018:- 

Were the Vikings always victorious and vicious?

( Whole term cross-curricular, creative learning project, based on developing individual research skills to achieve end of key stage 2 specified skills.)

  Summer Term 2018:-

How could Hitler have convinced a nation like Germany to be lead by him? .

( Whole term Cross-curricular, creative learning project, based on developing individual research skills to achieve end of key stage 2 specified         skills.)

 History and Geography are very much linked together within the topics to ensure a 'holistic' approach to learning is achieved, enabling pupils to have a thorough understanding of the  how the past has a direct impact on today's diverse world. Through our chosen focused topics,  lots of opportunity for links with other subject areas are provided; such as:- English, Mathematics, ICT, Science, Religious Education, Music and Art. 

J.A Hall. 

 History Co-ordinator