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History Intent 


At Colburn Community Primary School, our intent is to deliver an aspirational history curriculum that prepares pupils for the next step in their education alongside developing a lifelong passion for history.


Topics are informed by the 2014 national curriculum and are related to children’s interests as well as the history of the local area, ensuring pupils have access to; engaging, creative and inspirational learning. We aim for all pupils to be; inquisitive and critical thinkers by drawing contrasts, sifting arguments, asking historical questions and interpreting a range of sources. Through the teaching of history, we want pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identify and challenges of their time.

History Long Term Planning (including knowledge and skills)

History Themes/Visits

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


Changes within living memory – people and toys

History of travel

Stone Age to Iron Age (Murton Park)

Invaders and Settlers – Saxons and Vikings (Murton Park)

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Greece


The Great Fire of London

Castles (Bolton)


Changes in Britain from 1066 - Industrial Revolution – history of the steam train (Scruton railway)

The history of crime and punishment (York Castle Museum/Ripon Museum)

Ancient Mayans (Visitor into school)


Victorian life (Beamish Open Air Museum)


The history of chocolate (York’s Chocolate Story)

The Romans (Murton Park)

British History-beyond 1066 Queen Victoria



Local study – the history of the Garrison with a focus on WW2 (Richmond – Green Howards Museum)

The history of London

Y3 Stone Age Experience

Celebrating Black History month

Remembrance Day 2020