At New York Primary School we provide children with a broad and rich curriculum which gives children an insight into times past. We cover a range of topics focussing on local, British and global history. We have Heritage School status from Historic England for our local study into the history of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade.

Our curriculum is broken into three umbrella strands:

  • Significant people and events and their role in shaping
  • modern day Britain
  • Settlers, invaders and explorers
  • Local and global comparisons

Within each of those umbrella topics, each year group will complete an in-depth study of a time period from the past. Our curriculum offers an insight into key points in history across the world through a topic approach which aims to support learning by means of artefacts, visits, archaeological evidence, visitors, children making their own deductions and investigations. Children are taught a range of skills which are built upon and developed each year.

These skills include:

  • Chronological understanding
  • Historical enquiry
  • Interpreting history
  • Continuity and change
  • Causes and consequences

Lessons take place weekly, in alternating terms with geography. Outside of taught lessons, New York Primary School also offer a range of after school clubs where children can take responsibility for their own learning and choose a club where they would like to further develop skills in a specific area.

At New York Primary School we value the diverse needs of all learners and strive to promote equality of all. We follow a growth mind-set approach and celebrate our mistakes. We ensure we provide children with an inclusive curriculum which promotes and celebrates all skills, should they be gained in or outside of school and across all areas of the curriculum.


Progression in History


Curriculum Overview


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