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Subject Statement of Intent – History

At Holy Rosary, we aim to offer a high-quality history education that will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Through the teaching of History we endeavor to teach children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups.

Aims For History

At Holy Rosary, we aim for all pupils to:

  • Know and understand the history of the UK as a chronological narrative
  • Know how people’s lives have shaped the UK and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world, e.g. ancient civilisations and empires from around the world
  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance
  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims, and understand how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.


What Do We Teach?

At Holy Rosary we aim for children to become more aware of how historical events have shaped the world that they currently live in. Through historical skills taught in school children will become increasingly critical and analytical within their thinking, making informed and balanced judgments based on their knowledge of the past. We also aim for children to be able to retain prior-learning and make connections between what they have previously learned and what they are currently learning.

Key Knowledge 

Progression Maps 



Teachers understand the impact of knowing where their children are, through weekly and termly assessments and use this to move learning forward and close any gaps. This is done through weekly quizzes, anchor tasks and frequent marking of children’s work. They also understand where their children need to be, through a secure understanding of the year group expectations and previous learning expectations. The History lead also has the opportunity to monitor History on a termly basis, ensuring the quality of teaching and learning is taking place.

    History Calendar

    January 2022

    Tuesday 18th January 2022

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day


    Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s on the third Monday of January each year, to be near his birthday, which is on the 15th of January.

    Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights leader who led non-violent protests to help get equal rights for African-Americans, many of whom hadn’t yet gained full privileges in America.

    Tuesday 25th January 2022

    Burns Night


    The 25th January marks the birthday of one of Scotland’s important cultural icons, Robert Burns. Just in case you’re not already aware, Robert Burns was one of Scotland’s national poets, and is still admired today.

    Burns Night is celebrated by relatives and friends coming together to have a Burns Supper in honour of this national treasure.

    Robert Burns spent the majority of his life dedicated to poetry, but, at the early age of 37, his health started to deteriorate and in 1796, he passed away.

    Five years later, Robert Burns’ close friends got together to mark the anniversary of his death, which was the first Burns Supper to take place. As the night was such a success, they decided to continue the tradition every year to honour their friend.

    Thursday 27th January 2022

    Holocaust Memorial Day


    Holocaust Memorial Day, or International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is the day that the UK, as with many other countries worldwide, has designated as a day of remembrance for those who lost their lives during the Holocaust. It also remembers those killed in other acts of genocide, like those in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

    The Holocaust was a systematic attempt by the Nazi German regime and its partners to exterminate people of Jewish faith, as well as other people they deemed not to fit their extreme race laws. In this time, many Jews were forced away from home and into concentration camps, where the unimaginably high death rates meant that survival was a daily struggle.