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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 historical skills and concepts such as chronological understanding, continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference.


In EYFS, pupils are taught the knowledge and skills for ‘People and Communities’ 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 is well-sequenced, with a clear progression of knowledge, vocabulary and links to other curriculum subjects. Historical skills and concepts (such as change, cause and effect etc) are integrated within the curriculum and developed through the key knowledge which the children learn each year. The scheme of work is supported with resources from the Key Stage History web-site. A rolling programme is in place to ensure that the History topics are taught to all pupils during each Key Stage, taking account of the mixed-age structure of our classes. 

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 (2020-2021)

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

Year A (2023-2024)

Year B (2020-2021)

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

End of unit quiz-style assessments of knowledge are used to identify what pupils know and if there are any gaps in learning. Pupils will revisit the history topic at different times through the year and be re-assessed. Our key aim is for our pupils to know and remember more as they progress through each key stage. Assessments of skills and concepts are recorded on a class tracker. The information contributes to an end of year summative assessment.


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