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History at Holbrook


History is about real people and real events that have shaped our present. History is concerned with sequence, time and chronology and is the study of evidence about the past; it gives us a sense of identity. History fires the children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world and plays an essential part in preparing the children for living and working in the contemporary world.


At Holbrook, teaching is active, vibrant, investigative and fun. We aim to immerse children in history topics to stimulate and support their writing in English.


Enrichment and Immersion

We believe children learn best when:

  • They have access to and are able to handle artefacts
  • They go on visits to museums and places of interest
  • They have access to secondary sources such as books and photographs
  • Visitors talk about personal experiences of the past
  • They listen to and interact with stories from the past
  • They undertake fieldwork by interviewing family and older friends about changes in their own and other people’s lives
  • They use drama and dance to act out historical events
  • They are shown, or use independently, resources from the internet and videos
  • They are able to use non-fiction books for research
  • They are provided with opportunities to work independently or collaboratively, to ask as well as answer historical questions.


As a result, children leave Holbrook with a good knowledge and understanding of Britain's history and that of the wider world, as well as the historical skills to understand the past.