Curriculum links

The Making a Mark in the Tees Valley is a flexible resource which can be used to support and enrich learning across the curriculum at Key Stages 1, 2 & 3. Focusing on the extraordinary history of the Tees Valley and its impact on our lives locally, nationally and internationally, the resource supports students in developing a sense of local identity, self and their place in the world. 

The resource supports learning around a wide range of topics including:

  • Image and identity
  • Local history
  • Portraits
  • Famous People
  • Industry
  • Victorians
  • The Seaside
  • Railways
  • World War I
  • Early Settlers
  • Explorers

And the development of skills and understanding in:

Historical enquiry

  • Making connections between local, national and international histories
  • Making connections between the past and our lives today
  • Using historical sources
  • Questioning, imagining and deducing
  • Developing and substantiating an answer, argument or narrative
  • Assessing reliability and bias
  • Multiple perspectives – was everyone’s experience the same..?
  • Cause, consequence and impact
  • Continuity and change

Creative and critical thinking

  • Generating ideas
  • Questioning assumptions and exploring possibilities
  • Innovating, testing and adapting
  • Making connections
  • Creating


  • Developing language and vocabulary
  • Persuading and arguing
  • Qualifying and justifying
  • Discussing and debating
  • Communicating in different forms for different purposes

The Making a Mark in the Tees Valley resource can be used to support the National Curriculum as well as other curricula such as Cornerstones and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).