Primary National Curriculum 2014: History

‘A high-quality history education will help children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire children's curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.’ 

History at Hollington

At Hollington Primary Academy, history is an exciting and interesting subject, full of discovery and fun. Our children will develop a well-rounded knowledge of the past and key events in history. We aim to improve every child’s cultural capital, understanding of the world around them, especially their local area and their own heritage. We use an enquiry-based approach so that the children ask their own questions about the past and use reliable sources to find the answers.

 History in Early Years and Key Stage 1
In Early Years and Key Stage 1 children begin to understand what history is and start to use the correct vocabulary related to this. They cover significant events and places in history such as ‘The Great Fire of London’ and the ‘History of Hastings’ and they will learn about significant people such as ‘Neil Armstrong’. This variety will help them understand differences between periods in time.  

History in Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2 children will continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history through their history sequences of learning, studying time periods such as ‘the Mayans’ and ‘Ancient Egypt’. They will construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.  

The impact our of History curriculum is that, by the end of Key Stage 2, all of our children will possess a depth of historical knowledge at an international and national level, as well as ensuring they understand historical people and events that have significantly impacted upon the children's locality. Our children will develop a strong understanding of chronology and are able to place events in order. Overall, our children possess a strong curiosity about the past, which is based on a respect of history. They have enquiring minds that allow them to be critical thinkers who 'Think Big!'