Coxhoe Primary School

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What we say about History at Coxhoe Primary School...

 "I really enjoyed learning about Barack Obama during Black History Month." - Savannah 

"I love learning about Neil Armstrong and I find it very interesting that he went to the moon." - Rosie 

"I cannot believe that Rosa Parks went through such an awful time just because of the colour of her skin!" - Edie

Year 6 History Ambassadors

Zac and Lexi-Anne


Black History Month - October 2022


The History of Coxhoe

Some children from Year 2, 3 and 4 were specially chosen to take part in a a History workshop all about Coxhoe, delivered by a teacher from Durham University. First of all, we looked at some large maps of Durham and spotted different places we were familiar with. We saw places such as Sedgefield, Darlington ad Kelloe! Then, we worked in partners to look at 2 maps of Coxhoe - 1 from 1857 and another from 1915 - there were so many similarities and differences. We used 2 different colour to identify these and then discuss them. Finally, we looked at a range of images and items that were used in the past in houses around Coxhoe. The items included a chamber pot, a handheld iron and a steel kettle. We had so much fun!


Rowling, Morpurgo and Walliams have been learning about mining and the links it has to our local area. They received a range of resources such as hard hats and mining lamps and  they learnt about how they were used. 

History - Chronology - World War 1 and World War 2 (Year 5)

To begin our history topic we discussed what was happening in Britain from World War 1 and World War 2. We then used our understanding to create a timeline of significant events that happened during this time.

Remembrance Day 2021

Black History Month 2021

In October, we celebrated black History Month and some really important black figures throughout history. Throughout the month, we also read a range of books about important events in black history, books written by black authors or books about equality and diversity. 

In Early Years, the children watched a range of videos, sang songs and read books about diverse families. In Key Stage One, the children spent an afternoon learning about their black figure and created artwork and informative writing to present in assembly. In Key Stage Two, the children created an array of poems, speeches and performances to present their learning to the rest of the school. 

Adam Bushnell

Adam Bushnell is a famous author who came to visit our school and we were fortunate enough to work with him! Morpurgo Class (Year 3/4) enjoyed his lesson which was based around Ancient Egypt and there was lots of links to History. The children created their own mythical creature and drew a story board of different traps and types of treasure. They also wrote some fantastic riddles too!

Curriculum Intent

The intent of our History curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. Throughout their Coxhoe journey the children will:


  • Increase and develop their historical skills, concepts, knowledge and attitudes.
  • Increase their understanding of the present in the context of the past.
  • Develop and use their skills in enquiry, analysis, evaluation, and argument.
  • Develop their interest in the past, arousing their curiosity and motivation to learn.
  • Develop a sense of identity through learning about the past.


This will be implemented by using the National Curriculum along with following children’s interests. The History National Curriculum and EYFS is planned for and covered in full within the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 school curriculum.


In Key Stage One, History is taught through a skills-based curriculum. In previous years, teachers used the National Curriculum along with the interests of the children in their class to choose which aspects of a topic they would like to cover. However, more recently, key figures and topics have been chosen for Key Stage One to ensure class teachers have a solid understanding of the rationale behind those choices and to demonstrate a progression of skills as the children move up the year groups. After Year 2, it is expected that children will have developed their knowledge and understanding of all the skills in Key Stage One.

History Policy 2022

Remembrance 2020

This year we thought about how people from all different communities pull together in the face of adversity. We all made poppies - one to display at home and one to be displayed at The Village Hall. 

The children enjoyed learning about Remembrance once again this year. They took part in various activities including listening to and learning about war music and composing their own war music. They also looked at the significance of poppies and medals.