Intent for History 

Our aim is to provide a high-quality history education for our pupils ensuring they gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We will stimulate our pupil’s curiosity in wanting to know more about the past, learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and make judgements. Developing these abilities will give our pupils life-skills that will remain with them throughout their education and helping them to achieve their God given potential regardless of their starting point in life and home environment.

Our History curriculum focuses on a progression of historical content knowledge that includes chronology and vocabulary as well as a strong understanding of the key historical concepts that identify for pupils the complexity of people’s lives, their identity and the challenges of their time. Pupils develop key enquiry skills that will make them critical thinkers, questioning and interrogating the past. These progression skills are revisited repeatedly through a range of themes to ensure the learning is embedded and skills are successfully developed. This is reviewed to address gaps in learning and ensure what we offer is broad, balanced and engaging.

Our intention is that history will support cross curricular learning by teaching skills that are transferable across all subjects and will engage pupils and enrich their experiences in school. Not only do we want pupils to have a strong content knowledge of historical events, people and changes over time, to become critical thinkers developing perceptiveness in questioning evidence and using key vocabulary but we want our lessons to provide appropriate opportunities for the construction of original responses and representation of pupil’s conclusions.

Important Documents for History 

Useful websites and  resources


Historical Association - The voice for history

History for kids at the BBC

History homework help



Stone Age day at Grange View
We invited a specialist in to school to help us learn about how the Stone Age people lived many, many years ago. We handled objects and clothing as well as having the opportunity to make Stone Age clay pots using the techniques and similar types of tools that they would have used. 
Key Stage 2 trip to Newcastle
We visited the Great North Museum Hancock where we investigated a Stone Age site discovering the different things that were found. We explored the different exhibition spaces and found out about dinosaur fossils and precious stones found deep beneath the ground. In the afternoon we went on a tour of the old Victorian Tunnels under Newcastle learning about their history from our tour guide. 
Coat of Arms in KS2
As part of our Courageous castles topic KS2 researched and observed the Percy family portraits and the different coat of arms. We made careful observations discussing the features and the parts that we liked before making detailed drawings to create our own coat of arms. We learned that when families came together through marriage that they often brought together different parts of the coat of arms and so when we had finished our designs we cut them in half and joined one of our halves with our table partners. The result was some very colourful and creative coat of arms that focused on key animal images and bright primary colours.