History at Holystone



Historical Concepts

Historical Vocabulary

Historical Questions

Stories & Sources


History Intent

At Holystone, our history curriculum has been developed to promote a love of learning about the past. We provide children with the skills, understanding and knowledge that they need to become young historians. Through the teaching of history, children are aware of how past events influence the present and, throughout their school life, they develop a chronological understanding of key events and people throughout time. From a small village to a growing development, Holystone is surrounded by local history which children are a part of every day.

We embed our four core values into every subject and each history topic is paired with an enquiry question promoting resilience, respect, independence and community spirit. These questions provide a better understanding of different cultures and events throughout history allowing our children to understand diversity and their own place in society. We believe that through enquiry- based learning in history, children are given the opportunity to become critical thinkers and natural explorers that will help them prepare for the next steps in their education.



History Implementation

By the end of EYFS-

By the end of Key Stage 1

  • Children will be able to describe people and events in the past.
  • They will know about changes within and beyond living memory.
  • They will use historical words and phrases and use dates and chronological language.
  • Children will understand the concept of a nation and its history.
  • Artefacts, pictures, online sources and databases will be used.
  • Children will understand different representations of the past.

By the end of Key Stage 2

  • Children will establish narratives within and across periods.
  • They will develop historical terms and address and devise historically valid questions.
  • Children will organise information to construct responses and analyse trends.
  • They will gain an understanding of continuity/change; similarities/difference and significance.
  • Children will understand that knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • They will understand how evidence is used to make historical claims.
  • They will understand how/how there are different interpretations of the past.

This is how it works

  • Lessons are planned around an enquiry question.
  • Children are given opportunities to discuss their prior knowledge of a subject gained from previous years.
  • Topics are then carefully planned to develop skills and understanding and are delivered through a block of weekly lessons or as specific topic days.
  • Time periods are covered and taught by repetition and revisiting of topics across year groups.
  • Children are encouraged to learn about the local area as a way of helping them to understand how events from history have impacted the way they live their lives today.
  • By the time children leave Year 6, they will have developed a wide range of transferable historical skills.

This is what adults do

  • Teachers carefully plan progressive lessons which build on children’s prior knowledge.
  • Lessons are planned around an enquiry question which allows the children to focus their discussion.
  • Historical experts are invited into school to deliver specifically designed curriculum days, linking to the local area of Holystone and the North East.
  • Teachers source stories and artefacts from local libraries to engage children in history, creating a learning environment that stimulates children’s interest in the period studied.
  • The subject leaders carry out regular book scrutiny and planning audits and pupil voice to monitor the progression of history across the school.

This is how we support

  • Small group/1:1 adult support given when required. We use teacher and self-assessment to quickly identify any children who requires additional support in specific areas.
  • These pupils will then receive additional support or resources to use. Outcomes are differentiated to ensure all children can achieve success in history.

This is how we challenge

  • Children are encouraged to be independent learners and build on their levels of resilience through the use of differentiated resources, expectations or outcomes.
  • Additional activities will be offered to challenge learners within a lesson. Deeper thinking opportunities will be given to help identify greater depth historians.

This how we ensure all children can access the curriculum

  • Teachers will use a range of different techniques to appeal to different learning styles e.g. videos, drama, artefacts, texts etc.
  • Children who have SEN or EAL needs are supported by additional adults/resources to allow them to access the learning.


History Impact

This is what you might typically see

  • An enquiry question will be used at the beginning of the topic/unit to allow for initial discussion/questions to be had.
  • Children will be engaged in their learning and will be able to interpret and reflect on historical events, making comparisons between different periods in time.
  • Children will be given the opportunity to explore stories and sources such as artefacts. These will help the children learn about what life was like and why people lived in that way.
  • Children will be able to recall key events and dates in history based on the topics that they have learnt.
  • Children will go on trips/visitors will come into school to provide children with an insight to a particular event or era.

This is how we know how well our pupils are doing

  • Lessons are planned based on historical skills which are specific for each year group.
  • Marking and feedback by teachers and peers will be provided and photographic and video evidence will be used.
  • There might be displays of work in classes.
  • Assessment is tracked across the year and is entered on to our tracking system.
  • Book scrutiny, pupil voice and planning audits.

This is the impact of the teaching

  • Children will enjoy their history lessons and can talk passionately about the subject.
  • Children will become inquisitive and reflective learners who are able to demonstrate a variety of historical skills and understanding.
  • Children are prepared to share what they have learnt in a variety of ways using different media.
  • Children will use acquired vocabulary within lessons.
  • Children will be ready for the next stage in their education. SEN pupils will achieve the best possible outcomes.
  • Children will name significant individuals from their topic and explain their importance and their impact on the world today.