Skipton Castle

Our History curriculum enables our children to gain knowledge and understanding of the past within our own locality, our country and the wider world. They will learn about the complexity of peoples’ lives, the diversity of societies and the relationships between different groups of people in the past. Through a detailed study of key knowledge from different historical periods, pupils will also develop an understanding of abstract historical terms and specific vocabulary. 


In EYFS, pupils are taught the knowledge and skills for ‘Past and Present’ using a thematic approach outlined in our EYFS Curriculum for Understanding the World. The themes are linked to the Scheme of Work for Key Stage 1 to ensure progression as pupils move from EYFS to Key Stage 1. To see the EYFS curriculum for Understanding the World, please see the EYFS Curriculum. 

What our pupils will learn (intent):  

At Cononley Primary School, we have developed our own scheme of work to deliver the National Curriculum for History throughout Key Stage 1 and 2. The scheme of work has a clear progression of substantive knowledge and vocabulary and links to other curriculum subjects. Progression in disciplinary knowledge (historical concepts such as chronology, change, cause and consequence, historical enquiry and interpretation) is integrated within the curriculum and developed alongside the substantive knowledge which the children learn each year.

Our school has some single age classes and some mixed-age classes; the class structures vary from year to year so our long term plan has been designed to be flexible. A rolling programme is in place to ensure that all History topics are taught to all pupils during each key stage. Schemes of work make explicit links to Historical topics and periods studied in previous years and key stages so that children are able to make connections and develop a chronological narrative. 

Please click on the links below to see the content of our Key Stage 1 curriculum in Year A (2021-2022)

Please click on the links below to see the content of our Key Stage 1 curriculum in Year B (2022-2023)

Please click on the links to see the content of our Key Stage 2 Curriculum: 

Year A (2023-2024)

Year B (2024-2025)

Year C (2021-2022)

Year D (2022-2023)

How our pupils will be taught History in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (implementation):

In Key Stage 1, History topics are taught in a block of lessons each half term. 

In Key Stage 2, History topics are taught in weekly lessons. One History topic each year is taught for a full term followed by a shorter History topic which is taught for half a term. For the remaining term and a half of the school year, Geography topics are taught in the same way. This enables pupils to focus on aspects of particular topics for a greater period of time, allowing for greater depth of study, rather than teaching both History and Geography topics simultaneously.

Progression and Assessment in History

Key Stage 1

Regular, ongoing observational assessments are made and recorded in the History Big Book. The History topic is revisited at regular intervals through the year to ensure children remember what they have learned. The information from teacher’s assessments contributes to an end of year summative assessment.

Key Stage 2

We carry out 'sticky knowledge' checks  every half term in line with research which shows that retrieval checks of knowledge at regular, spaced intervals (ideally at 2, 6 and 12 weeks after completing a topic) enable knowledge to be transferred to long-term memory. Progress is measured by children knowing and remembering more.


The impact of the curriculum will be reviewed (during the year and at the end of the year), through assessments of pupils’ learning to identify how much knowledge they have gained and remembered over time.