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Holy Family Catholic Primary School



A Holy Family Historian can talk about and compare historical people and events that occurred in Britain and the wider world in chronological order, how these people and events had an impact in the past and in the present day and how they themselves can make positive changes to their own and others lives. These skills will provide a context from which they understand themselves and others, will allow them to become good decision makers and  responsible citizens now and in the future.


History is taught every week for at least an hour during the Autumn and Summer terms.  

Key Stage 1

Each class in KS1 explores a ‘big question’  that supports them in understanding changes within living memory; events beyond living memory; and about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.  Through all of these, local links are made. They will develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time; where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework; and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They will use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical  terms and - with links to Building the Kingdom - ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show they know and understand key features of events. They understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented. 

Key Stage 2

Each class in KS2 explores a ‘big question’ in two historical periods a year: British history (post 1066) and world history (an Ancient Civilization). Through both of these, local links are made. They will note connections, contrasts and trends over time and will develop the appropriate use of historical terms. Again, with a strong link to Building the Kingdom, the children devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance. They construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information. They also understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

Catholic Social Teaching

"Catholic Social Teaching is based on the belief that God has a plan for creation, a plan to build his kingdom of peace, love and justice." (Caritas in Action) 

During history lessons, we will explore our big question and make links to Catholic Social Teaching themes throughout, which will support children in developing them into positive and thoughtful citizens of the future. 


Please see attached the progression of skills in History from YR-Y6.