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The History Curriculum at Cononley Primary School

To read the full Curriculum Statement for History, please click here. 


What our pupils will learn:

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 using resources from the Key Stage History web-site.


What our pupils will learn in Early Years  Foundation Stage:

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 below:

EYFS Curriculum: Understanding the World

Rolling Programme for KS1 with EYFS Links


Please click on the links below to see our Key Stage 1 History Curriculum:

Year A 2019 2020

Year B  2020 2021

Year C 2021 2022

Year D 2022 2023

The Great Fire of London

(half a term)

Why do we remember Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole? 

(half a term)


Why do we remember Grace Darling?

(half a term)



Why do we remember the achievements of Jesse Owens Ellie Simmonds?

(half a term)

Holidays in the Past



What was it like in Cononley in Victorian times? 



Toys in the Past


Who lived in Skipton Castle? 



 (Topics which will be covered each year: The Gunpowder Plot and  Remembrance Day)


Please click on the links below to see our Key Stage 2 History Curriculum:

Year A 2019 2020

Year B  2020 2021

Year C 2021 2022

Year D 2022 2023

Britain’s Settlement by the Anglo-Saxons, Scots and Vikings

The Industrial Revolution

Ancient Egypt


Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age


The Ancient Greeks



The Maya Civilisation

The History of Castles from the Norman Conquest to the Present Day


The Roman Empire and its Impact on Britain


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

In Key Stages 1 and 2, 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. 

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.

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

In Key Stage 2, History topics are taught in weekly lessons.

Progression and Assessment in History


Regular observations and assessments of learning are recorded using an on-line journal (Tapestry) and contribute to a summative assessment at the end of EYFS using the Early Years Outcomes for Understanding the World: ‘People and Communities’.


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.


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.

Click here to see how we plan for progress in Historical skills and concepts at Key Stage 1 at Cononley Primary School.

Click here to see how we plan for  progress in Historical skills and concepts at Key Stage 2 at Cononley Primary School. 

Click here to see the key themes and terms which inform the History curriculum at Cononley Primary School. 


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


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