At Holmleigh Primary School, we want children to learn about decision makers, their lives, values and the impact of their decisions. Our pupils will be able to place historical events and significant people in chronological order. They will learn to question events and understand what happened, why it happened and their consequences. They will not only understand how events and the people from the past have influenced their lives and wider society but will explore the history of their local communities, families and diverse cultures.
Children will understand the difference between fact and opinion. They will be able to interpret and decide upon the validity of evidence and will realise we do not have a complete picture and that our knowledge is only based upon what’s been left behind and that the picture is evolving.
From Nursery to Year 6, we ensure that there is a progression of knowledge and skills taught through topics based on our own history, local history, British history and broader world History. Teachers use marking books, discussions, questioning and group work to assess children’s knowledge and understanding and ensure that there is progression.
Where possible, we link our whole class texts using Designated Reader in KS2 and class texts in KS1 and Early Years to our topics and use opportunities to promote different writing genres.
At Holmleigh, we focus on the key history skills:
Identify questions to answer and problems to solve.
Plan and Research
Analyse and Evaluate
Show a commitment to justice
Explore issues, events and problems from different perspectives
Support conclusions using reasoned arguments and evidence
Communicate learning in relevant ways
Where possible we give our pupils experiences that bring history alive using artefacts, trips, workshops, technology, theatre, drama, external visitors and stories and provide opportunities for them to write and communicate their knowledge in a variety of ways.
Through whole school events, with the support of parents/carers and local community, we celebrate Black History, Harvest, Grand Parents’ Day, Remembrance Day and Royal Occasions. We also enrich the curriculum with History Themed Days and Fairs.
Throughout their journey at Holmleigh, from EYFS right through to the end of KS2 children, children will have gained a coherent and chronologically sound knowledge of key historical time periods and events, both that have shaped Hackney (their local community), Britain and the wider world. They will have a love of history and will be curious about the past and the connections they can make to their own lives and the lives of others.
Progression of knowledge and skills have been carefully mapped and as a result we ensure that children leave Holmleigh having;
Learned that half of people in the past were women, many of whom have had an impact on our living world
Learned that black people and people of colour have lived in Britain since ancient times
Learned about a Non-European society,
Developed an understanding of changes within living memory and events beyond living memory
Built an understanding on the story of Britain
Investigated local history and why Hackney is the way it is
Learned about Britain Beyond 1066
Investigated significant individuals who have impacted History
Studied the Windrush generation and the impact it has had on members
Learned about ancient civilizations
Learned that the diverse past helps to understand the diverse present.
Studied History at different levels – from the local to the global.
Watch this space for our new exciting History Curriculum!