‘Inquiry, knowledge and

understanding of our world’


In our teaching of the History and Geography curriculum, our intent is to foster an ethos of inquisition, whereby our pupils are eager for knowledge about the world in which they live. This intellectual curiosity can then be explored through gaining knowledge and understanding of both geographical and historical topics, terminology and skills. Developing the skills needed to answer and understand their world means that the children get to build on their learning progressively throughout their time at Holt Farm Junior School developing skills that are transferable to their further education and beyond. Our intent is that the children will leave us with a good knowledge of the topics they have covered, the skills to lead their own future learning and be inspired to do so.


We teach our topics in blocks with many cross-curricular links allowing the children time to immerse themselves in their learning. Each block starts with a knowledge harvest where we explore what we know and what we would like to find out and ends reviewing and evaluating our learning.Throughout the years, the blocks are taught to progressively build on skills. Many practical, engaging and inspiring activities are interwoven throughout the topics encouraging and enjoyment and love of learning in our pupils. To bring our topics to life the teachers use linked texts where possible in our literacy work and plan educational trips, invite visitors or plan their own themed days to allow the children to gain both memorable experiences and opportunities to learn through, ‘doing.’

Marking and assessment: Teachers use a range of strategies to evaluate the children’s work inline with the marking policy and then use this to inform their assessment.

We track the progress and attainment of the children as they complete the curriculum and ensure we cover all objectives through our long and medium term planning. Teachers make judgements for children against given assessment strands so that their attainment and progress can be tracked.

Intended Impact:

Our History and Geography topics have a high profile at Holt Farm and our pupil voice surveys show that the children find them fun and engaging. It is often their Topic trips and lessons that are recalled as their favourites during their time at the school. Children will experience a range of ways to explore their world and acquire the necessary skills, terminology and understanding to explain it. Children at Holt Farm make good progress in History and Geography, with a significant number achieving greater depth.

At HFJS pupils will:

  • Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

  • Receive high-quality teaching inspiring a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

  • Be curious to know more about the past.

  • Ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

  • Understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed

  • Know how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world

  • Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’

  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts

  • Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

  • Understand the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

  • Become competent in the geographical skills needed to:collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork.

  • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems.

  • Communicate their learning in a range or format.