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Hollymount Primary School

Our approach to History

Intent behind curriculum delivery

At Hollymount Primary School, we aim to deliver high-quality history education that will help pupils gain an increasingly mature, informed perspective and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and how it connects to our modern world. Pupils become detectives, as they develop their independent interests and curiosities. We aim to build an awareness of significant events and individuals in global, British and local history and recognise how things have changed over time. History will support children to appreciate the complexity of people’s lives, the diversity of societies and the relationships between different groups. Studying history allows children to appreciate the many reasons why people may behave in the way they do, supporting children to develop empathy for others while providing an opportunity to learn from mankind’s past mistakes. Our history curriculum aims to support pupils in building their understanding of chronology in each year group, making connections over periods of time and developing a chronologically-secure knowledge of History.

Curriculum Overview

History and Geography and taught in alternate half terms

Progression/Links from Early Years Curriculum into KS1

Early Years have a “Topic led” curriculum which is an approach that works well for the “Development Matters EYFS, Non-Statutory Curriculum Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage.” This includes the 7 Key Features of Effective Practice, The Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning and the 7 learning areas for the EYFS.  Below is an example of the topics taught in Reception and also links to how Reception’s teaching and learning, through lessons and continuous provision, ensures that knowledge and skills taught, progress well into Year 1.  

Curriculum Map - Units of work and intended learning 

history curriculum map knowledge skills and topics.pdf