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Holy Family

Catholic Primary School

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History Aims

At Holy Family we aim to offer a high quality history education that inspires pupils' curiosity about the past.  This will equip them to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.


We aim for our history curriculum to help pupils to appreciate the complexity of people's lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups. Children will gain a sense of their own identity within a social, political, cultural and economic background.


At Holy Family, we are teaching the National Curriculum; studying a range of historical periods, such as the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, the Romans, Saxons and Vikings and the Tudors. Generally speaking, the curriculum is arranged in chronological order so that the younger children learn about ancient civilizations of the past and older children study more recent times.


An appreciation of history starts in EYFS where the children learn about their families, toys old and new.  They learn about different countries and their foods music and traditions. They use 'In the Moment' to explore a variety of things that help them to understanding their world past and present.


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Steam trains/ engines

Castles/ Queen Elizabeth I 

Hot Air Balloons and the Wright brothers


Great Fire of London

Kings and Queens

Extraordinary Explorers


Ancient Egypt

Stone Age to Iron Age





The Mayan Civilisation


World War I

The Victorians

The Ancient Greeks


World War II

Geography focus this term

Crime and Punishment



We also encourage educational visits as we believe that trips to places like a Colchester Castle or Layer Marney Tower serve beautifully to bring history to life. The photographs of children actively participating in historical activities hopefully help to explain not only why so many pupils enjoy the subject at Holy Family but why history plays such an important role in their education and personal development and why the children do so well.


History Skills Progression

Educational Visits 2021-2022

History, drama, story telling and delivering an enriched curriculum during the national Covid 19 lockdown.

Stone Age History Learning Outside of the Classroom Autumn 2021 Year 3