At Holy Family, we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past; help children to understand their place in the world and develop a sense of who they are locally, nationally and globally and inspire children to think and act like historians – promoting curiosity and fascination. We aim to develop an awareness of the diverse nature of the UK and global populations and the contributions different societies, communities and individuals have made to human understanding and history. By making links to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and be able to communicate historically. 


As part of the planning process teachers will refer to the following documents: 

  • The National Curriculum
  • Knowledge Organisers
  • Chris Quigley Essentials – Threshold Concepts and Milestones (End points)

Teachers plan a cycle of lessons throughout the whole year which carefully makes links to previous learning; outlines the knowledge and vocabulary to be taught; plans for progression and depth; includes low stake quiz opportunities to develop deep long-term learning; meets the needs of SEND pupils and includes challenge for pupils to apply their learning. 


Our History Curriculum is high-quality, well taught and is planned to demonstrate progression.  If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: 

  • Proof of Progress (POP) tasks
  • Pupils discussions about their learning
  • A celebration of work through student books and displays.


At Holy Family we develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become historians:  

  • reflect on standards achieved against planned outcomes. 
  • have a secure knowledge of people, events and concepts of the historical period covered.
  • build on and maintain a good understanding about how the world has changed over time. 
  • demonstrate a growing knowledge and understanding of events in the past, historical interpretation and historical enquiry. 
  • be inspired by what they have learnt and continue to develop their love of history. 
  • work collaboratively and independently to become more effective historians. 
  • be able to discuss their learning.  

We learn about aspects of history by looking at artefacts.

History Long Term Plan

BBC History resources
Click on the picture to take you to the BBC's page on historic Coventry.

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