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Emmanuel Holcombe History vision


History is all around us. The study of history ignites children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Through finding out about how and why the world, our country, culture and local community have developed over time, children understand how the past influences the present. History enables children to develop a context for their growing sense of identity and a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people. What they learn through history can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. At Emmanuel Holcombe our intent, when teaching history, is to stimulate the children’s curiosity in order for them to develop their historical knowledge, skills and understanding. 


The Emmanuel Holcombe curriculum is shaped by the school vision to enable all children, regardless of background, ability or additional needs to flourish and live life to the full.  

Our history curriculum has been designed in line with the National Curriculum (2014), to produce clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.

The curriculum is organised into cross curricular topics where skills and knowledge are developed over a two-year period.  Staff plan the units using the progression of skill and knowledge document. The objectives are shared with pupils at the start of the unit on the ‘Topic Title Page’ and work clearly links to the objectives. For each unit, work/activities/evidence is collected in an A4+ display book and learning is reviewed by pupil and teacher at the end of the unit of the ‘End of Topic Page’. 

It is important that the children develop progressive skills of a historian throughout their time at Emmanuel Holcombe and do not just learn a series of facts about the past. In History, pupils at Emmanuel Holcombe, find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusion. To do this successfully, as historians, they need to be able to research, interpret evidence, including primary and secondary sources, and have the necessary skills to argue for their point of view; skills that will help them in their adult life. 

The curriculum is developed using the following: 

  • Inspire Curriculum 

  • PlanBee resources 

  • Local history resources 

  • Visitors 

  • Visits to places of local interest 


By the time the children leave Emmanuel Holcombe they will have had accessed to high quality teaching, of a progressive curriculum which supports them to develop the skills and knowledge listed in the History Programmes of Study Key Stages 1 and 2 (2013). In particular we hope that all children will have: 

  • A secure knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from the historical periods covered. 

  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate confidently in styles appropriate to a range of audiences. 

  • The ability to consistently support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using detailed, appropriate and accurate historical evidence derived from a range of sources. 

  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past, forming and refining questions and lines of enquiry. 

  • A passion for history and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the past and their understanding of how and why people interpret the past in different ways. 

  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make robust and critical use of it to support their explanations and judgements. 

  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics. 

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