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What is History like at Holmer C of E Academy?


What history looks like in our school:

  • Opportunities to inspire children’s curiosity about the past

  • A variety of activities to provide children with the opportunity to explore what happened in the past, encouraging them to think about why these events happened, and more importantly, what we can learn from them

  • Children working individually, in pairs and groups to develop key historical skills focusing on chronology, knowledge and understanding, historical interpretation, historical enquiry and organising and communicating their findings

  • Historical topics to provide children with a coherent knowledge of Britain’s history and that of the wider world


This is our philosophy:

  • Children learning through exploration and enquiry

  • Children exploring how people lived; looking for similarities and differences between different historical periods

  • Children learning about the past and thinking about the effect it has had and considering how it shapes the world we live in today

  • To provide children with a chronological awareness of our past


This is what we do:

  • Different periods of history are taught either for half of a term or a whole term

  • Lessons planned using historical skills as a guide for each year group

  • By the time the children leave Year 6, they will have studied a broad range of topics covering important events and periods in Britain’s history and that of the wider world

  • Lessons may taught discreetly or as a block of lessons. Links with other areas of the curriculum are embraced to provide a more meaningful learning experience

  • Each half term an extended piece of writing is completed based on the current topic being taught


This is what you might see:

  • A ‘hook’ to get the children inspired (such as mystery packages to explore, treasure hunts even planned invasions!) followed by a way to showcase or round up their topic

  • Engaged learners

  • Children posing questions for research

  • Children interpreting and reflecting on historical events making comparisons between different events

  • Children exploring and handling artefacts

  • Recounts of key events

  • Children exploring different sources to help learn about what life was like and why people lived in the way that they did

  • Trips or visitors coming into school to provide children with an insight into a particular event or era


This is how we know our pupils are doing well:

  • Lessons are planned based on historical skills which are specific for each year group

  • Marking and feedback by teacher and peers

  • Photographic and video evidence

  • Displays of work with classes and around school

  • At the end of each half term, skills are highlighted according to whether a child has demonstrated that they have met a skill

  • Assessment tracked at the end of each half term and entered onto SIMS


This is the impact of our teaching:

  • Children who enjoy history

  • Inquisitive learners

  • Reflective learners

  • Children who are able to weigh up evidence and form an opinion about events

  • Children who are prepared to share what they’ve learnt in a variety of ways

  • Children who are able to gain an insight into the chronology of events that have taken place in Britain and the wider world