History Statement of Intent for CMS

We want history to inspire and ignite pupils’ curiosity and for them to be able to make sense of the present as well as the past.  We want our pupils to embrace the community in which it is situated and recognise our local history and national heritage.  Our history curriculum allows our pupils to build knowledge and understanding in order to gain an informed historical perspective on their world. 

Our History intent aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • engage in a valid historical enquiry or puzzling key question through which the learning grows over a sequence of lessons. 
  • Have a coherent, chronological knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. 
  • 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 identity and the challenges of their time.
  • Ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement
  • build knowledge of substantive concepts such as empire, invasion, church and monarchy.

Curriculum Across the Year

  • In KS2 pupils receive one lesson of History per week
  • In KS3 Year 7 pupils receive one lesson of History per week.
  • In KS3 Year 8 pupils receive two lessons of History per week.

Key Components


Year 5 Anglo Saxons  Explore the beginnings of the monarchy through Anglo-Saxon kings and investigate life in Anglo-Saxon times. 
The Aztecs  Explore the Aztec Empire and how it was conquered linking knowledge of the Elizabethan era. 
The Victorians  Explore Queen Victoria and how Britain changed under her rule making local history links with Northumberland.
Year 6 The Vikings  Study of an area of local historical significance, exploring Viking raids and invasions. 
The Titanic Disaster Explore local industrial history and develop knowledge and understanding of an historical event.
Coal Mining  Develop the beginnings of knowledge about the Industrial revolution with the discovery of coal and its importance.



Year 7 Did the Normans bring a ‘truckload of trouble’ to England? Investigate if the Normans brought a ‘truckload of trouble’ to England. Who was the most successful medieval monarch? Investigate a range of medieval monarchs and evaluate who was the most successful.
Were the Middle Ages all ‘muck and misery’?  Explore different societies and the impact of disease and revolt in medieval society. The Crusades


Examine the importance of religion and crusades in medieval society.
Did medieval medicine stand still? Explore medical progress in the Middle Ages and what medieval people thought made them ill. Were the Roses always at war? Study major events of the Wars of the Roses and examine the actions of key individuals. 
Year 8 Was England under the Tudors a ‘Golden Age’?  Investigate the lives and monarchy during the Tudor period. 
How did the nature of government change in Britain during the Stuarts Explore the relationship between the Stuart monarchs and Parliament, and its impact on Britain. Should Britain be proud of the Empire? Gain an understanding of Britain as an expanding Empire and the role it played in the development and abolishment of slavery.
What did ‘revolution’

mean in the Age of


Consider what ‘revolution’ meant in the Age of Revolutions by investigating a range of revolutions.  1968 

Transition Project

Explore major events in 1968 and identify why it was such a significant year. 


There is a wealth of information on the internet about the topics covered in the curriculum. You could: 


Within History homework is set to provide opportunities for pupils to consolidate learning, deepen understanding and give opportunities to practise and develop skills ensuring students’ progress and raising achievement. In History  homework will be focused around the 3Rs (Reading, Retrieval and Research). 


Reading  Retrieval  Research 
Regular reading helps develop cognitive abilities.  Retrieval (recap) activities help students to strengthen their memory and recall information from their learning, leading to deeper learning and understanding.  Research activities enable pupils to deepen and extend their understanding further. 


Helpful resources for learning 

Year 5 Knowledge organisers

Year 6 Knowledge organisers

Year 7 Knowledge organisers

Year 8 Knowledge organisers 

Parent Info  

Fun ways to inspire children with history. 

You could: 

  • Read around the topic you are studying
  • Choose a relevant book from the reading road!
  • Take a trip to a museum or historic site 

History Assessments

Pupils are formally assessed throughout both KS2 and KS3. Assessments may include: 

  • an extended written response –  pupils demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of a historical time period or event
  • short answer questions about a range of historical sources so that pupils can demonstrate their enquiry skills.