Stockton-on-the-Forest Primary School

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Our History Curriculum Intent:
Our school has the privilege of being situated on the outskirts of York, a city which dates back to the first millennium and an area with archaeological evidence dating back thousands of years before this.
At Stockton on the Forest Primary, the curriculum has been devised to:

  •  Promote historical enquiry
  • Give pupils a strong knowledge and understanding of local, national and international history
  • Give pupils a solid understanding of chronology and the concept of time and apply this to the understanding of the process of change
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Develop an understanding of the complexity of people’s lives in the past
  • Develop analytical skills to evaluate a range of sources


Our History Curriculum is relevant. Due to the rich history of York, we specifically highlight the history within our locality and the local links that our area has to moments taught within our History Curriculum.
History is taught in blocks throughout the year to allow for pupils to study each topic in depth and develop their knowledge and skills.
Pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • Visit different places in the locality
  • Examine historical artefacts
  • Develop the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation
  • Ask historical questions and create their own structured accounts, including narratives and analysis
  • Gain and use historical vocabulary
  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts
  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequences and use them to make connections
  • Have opportunities to present their knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways (e.g. through art, ICT, models, writing in a range of styles and genre).


All staff use high-quality teaching and make use of explicit instruction, cognitive and metacognitive strategies, scaffolding, flexible grouping and technology to ensure a supportive environment for all pupils, without exception.

Keeping learning relevant! Local history learning - we even found the Stockton on the Forest ring!