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History Curriculum Intent

“History can mean two things; the past and the study of the past. The past influences all aspects of our lives. It shapes the customs and beliefs of the communities to which we belong. Learning about the past and the methods used to study it helps pupils make sense of the world in which they live.”

                                                            National Curriculum-Non-statutory Guidance

Through our teaching of History we aim to:

  • To arouse interest in the past and to help understand the present in the context of the past.
  • To give pupils an understanding of their own cultural roots and shared inheritances.
  • To develop a critical awareness of the past.
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of chronology.
  • To develop pupil’s ability to acquire evidence from historical sources, to understand different interpretations of history and to form judgements about their reliability and value.
  • To contribute to children’s knowledge and understanding of the history of other countries and other cultures in the modern world.
  • To communicate historical information clearly using a range of resources.



Regular Revisits

We use quizzes to test our knowledge and regularly revisit our learning. Sometimes the quizzes are set by other children, other times its an interactive one. We also do a More or Less question to apply our knowledge

e.g. Did the first Olympics occur before or after the founding of Rome?


Our Viking Knowledge boxes show off what we have learnt through this topic and the knowledge we have gained.

Anglo- Saxons

Anglo Saxons

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The Victorians


"Learning about Victorian inventions taught me about things we still use now, like a bike"- Amelie Y4

"It was really fun learning about The Victorians"- Izzy Y4

"The workhouse beds were like boxes for children to sleep in" - Abigail Y3


What do the children say?

Mrs Robinson's Victorian school day was amazing.  She didn't just tell us, she showed us. - Boo Y5

Our history lessons are fun - and that helps us to remember more. - Cara Y5


Fountains Abbey

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We researched the history of Fountains Abbey, and studied The Dissolution of the Monestry, and the influence Henry the VIII had on this local landmark.


fountains abbey page

Geography Curriculum Intent

At Markington Primary School we believe that good thinking skills are key to ensuring Economic Well-being for our children’s future. Children’s ability to enquire and pursue independent learning is vital if we are to secure the best outcomes for every child.  The skills of geographical enquiry alongside a knowledge and understanding of different cultures, people and places provide children with a strong sense of self-identity, self-esteem and an empathy and understanding for people throughout the world, celebrating difference and diversity.

Children must be given daily experiences and opportunities that will foster their independent learning and thinking skills. The school environment must reflect the level of importance that is placed on geographical enquiry within the school community and must provide for reinforcement, challenge and stimulation.

Through our teaching of Geography we aim to:

  • provide opportunities for children to investigate geographical issues using wide-ranging resources.
  • explicitly teach the skills of enquiry and interpretation of information
  • provide opportunities for children to investigate place in a local, national and international context
  • provide opportunities for children to investigate environmental change and sustainable development
  • Provide opportunities for children to investigate patterns and processes
  • To foster a love of writing and a recognition of its value.
  • To develop a wide vocabulary.
  • To express their ideas, emotions and views, clearly, through written and spoken language.


First we looked at our chosen Lake District mountain, focusing on the contours. Next we made a contour model. After we had a structure, we built on this with modrock. The next stage was to make the mountain look realistic. We then labelled the mountain features on our mountain. Our model also shows the water cycle over our mountain.

Geography in our local area

Sketch Plans

This topic covered: 

- Tree identification

- Land use analysis

- Our plans to develop the land

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