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This page provides details about what History looks like at Crayke Primary. It includes our Intent Statement, our coverage and progression document and our “jigsaw” explaining how teaching and learning in History links to our four core values of Friendship, Forgiveness, Respect and Determination.

The History Subject Leader is: Mrs Dobson.

Details relating to Coverage and Progression in this subject can be found here:

History NC Programme of Study

Ensuring access to a rich, broad and balanced curriculum, based upon and framed by our school values of Respect, Determination, Friendship and Forgiveness, is at the heart of Crayke’s provision.


The fundamental aim of Crayke Church of England Primary School is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations; creating citizens of the future who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. This aligns with our school vision which strives to enable children to “Follow your pathway and grow together with confidence.”

History intent:

Being a Crayke Historian means that pupils learn:

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events, and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas very confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences.
  • The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources.
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry.
  • A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgments.
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics.

Meeting National Curriculum requirements, we deliver a rich, broad and balanced curriculum. Crayke engages all learning styles using a variety of resources which support the teaching of the curriculum. The wider learning culture is promoted through our school values of ‘Determination, Respect, Friendship and Forgiveness’ and through a culture of our aspirational ‘Crayke Growth Mindset’.


The EYFS Curriculum for Understanding the World: People and Communities is taught in a variety of ways through adult-led and adult-supported tasks and child initiated learning in well resourced provision areas, both indoors and outdoors.


Using the National Curriculum and the Essentials Curriculum (see attached), we follow a rolling 2 year programme (Year A and Year B) This ensures that all key topics are covered and supports the progression of skills across our mixed age classes.

Our curriculum is built through a thematic approach which makes connections in skills and knowledge.

Where appropriate, we block learning in order to immerse children fully. Where relevant and possible, we offer enrichment activities to motivate, excite and inspire pupils in the form of ‘Stunning Starts’, ‘Marvellous Middles’ and ‘Fabulous Finishes’ – these may take the form of educational visits, visitors, theme days, achievement assemblies, exhibitions etc..

We link our learning to key texts that will enrich language and provide context to learning; our units are learning challenges based around an enquiry question as a starting point e.g. ‘What was it like to be a child during WW2?’ We follow our lesson structure (see attached) making connections and spotting values through our History lessons.

Creatively produced History books give children a sense of pride in the presentation of their work.

History impact:

Impact will be measured by assessing against the Essentials Curriculum milestones statements through ‘Insight pupil tracking’ as:

  • Below
  • Just below
  • On track

Crayke historians will be able to demonstrate the essential characteristics of historians detailed in the Intent section above.

They will successfully be able to:

  • Investigate and interpret the past
  • Build an overview of world history
  • Understand chronology
  • Communicate historically

They will use the school Christian values of Respect, Determination, Friendship and Forgiveness to drive their History attainment and show progress against the Essentials milestones alongside demonstrating aspiration, confidence, independence as they develop in to citizens of the future.