History Intentions

At Holmes Chapel Primary School, we aim for all our children to develop a love of history and to be inspired, curious and knowledgeable about the past. Through rich memorable historical learning experiences, our children develop an understanding of their locality, its place within history and they gain a coherent knowledge about Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Children discover how people’s lives have shaped the nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. Through working as historians, and knowing how historians work, our children develop independence to ask and answer historically valid questions; think critically about changes, causes and consequences and they use a range of sources of evidence from the past, to make comparisons and give reasons for their own opinions using historical vocabulary. Children also apply their deepening knowledge and understanding of local, British and world history by creating their own structured historical accounts, including written narratives within and across historical periods studied. 


What does our learning in History look like? 

 Historical Concepts

  • Chronology: Children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world from the earliest times to the present day. 
  • Enquiry and interpretation: Children use a range of primary and secondary sources to find out about the past, ask and answer relevant historical questions, make comparisons and form their own opinions.
  • Metacognition and self-regulation: Children develop strategies to help them to apply and secure knowledge of historical concepts.
  • Historical vocabulary: Children learn to understand and use a range of historical terms. 
  • Inclusive: Learning is accessible to all children, including those with additional needs.


Our Curriculum 


During the Early Years Foundation Stage, learning is structured around 3 historical enquiries that link to specific areas of the Development Matters Early Years Foundation Curriculum as follows:

All about me:  How have I changed since I was a baby?

Toys and Games: How have toys and games changed through time? 

All about me: What are our favourite celebrations each year? 


Year 1

Houses over time - a local study.

Homes and life in London.

Great Fire of London. 


Year 2

World War 2.

Significant Individuals- a comparison of the lives of two individuals from different periods.


Year 3

Changes in Britain- Stone Age to Iron Age. 

Ancient Egypt.


Year 4

Ancient Greece.

The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. 


Year 5

Britain’s settlement by the Anglo-Saxon and Scots and the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.

Baghdad c. AD900- a non-European society. 


Year 6

Transport - a local study of an aspect in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.


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