Our History Intent

‘A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.’ Marcus Garvey

At Holly Park, we intend for our pupils to gain a broad and coherent knowledge of history.  We aim to ignite childrens’ curiosity of the past by allowing opportunities for them to investigate, observe and interpret historical sources (primary and secondary).  Throughout their time at Holly Park, pupils will be encouraged to think critically about the history of Britain and the wider world.  They will be allowed the opportunity to consider and discuss the consequences and impact of key historical events and how the past has influenced and shaped the world they live in today. 

In History children learn about past societies and consider how the past influences the present. They build a chronological framework based around significant events and people. Pupils gain an understanding of people and their experiences, which can influence their personal choices, attitudes and values.

As they progress through the school, children develop their historical skills in:

  • An overview of world history
  • Investigation and interpretation
  • Historical enquiry
  • Organisation and communication
  • Historical periods

There is a clear progression of skills in every strand of history.

Please see our progression of skills documents attached in history for:

In History we use the national curriculum programme of study: History Curriculum KS1 & 2 National


At Holly Park School, history topics are taught throughout the school as part of our Creative Curriculum. However, to ensure we cover the National Curriculum programme of study above,  we map out key curriculum topics across the year groups:

Year 1

  • Changes within living memory
  • Significant historical people

Year 2

  • Significant People – Florence Nightingale
  • Significant Events – Great Fire of London
  • Changes in the past, beyond living memory

Year 3

  • Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
  • Britain’s settlement by the Anglo Saxons
  • The Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor

Year 4

  • Tudor monarchs and Tudor life
  • Ancient Egyptians
  • Vikings

Year 5

  • Victorians
  • Ancient Greece

Year 6

  • World War II
  • Mayans
  • History of our locality

Developing historical vocabulary is also very important. Here is a progression of vocabulary development: History Vocabulary