“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”

Martin Luther King Jr. 

Our history curriculum is designed to allow pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We begin our journey close to home, York, where pupils can use their current knowledge to make further connections and then move in a (generally) chronological order through the history timeline. Our teaching equips pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weight evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. Through our curriculum, we explore significant lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identify and the challenges of their future. We have used themes to support our pupils further in making those important connections both within history and also across all national curriculum subjects. We study:

  • Welcome to Yorkshire
  • Influencers
  • Treasure


We have designed a progression of skills to allow our pupils to become proficient in:

  • Asking perceptive questions
  • Thinking critically
  • Weighing evidence
  • Sifting arguments
  • Developing perspective and judgement


Our entire curriculum, including History, promotes opportunities to be Challenged, build Resilience, experience Enrichment and explore the wider World (#CREW).

Stakeholders have identified that our pupils hold certain barriers when studying history. To ensure our pupils all reach their full potential, we have designed our history curriculum with a focus on these specific barriers which include:

  • Building confidence, stamina and independence
  • Developing oracy and extending vocabulary
  • Knowledge beyond their immediate locality

History Curriculum 2022-23