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History at Pendle:

Subject Leader: Emily Lancaster

 At Pendle Primary School, we believe that high-quality history lessons enable children to understand Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Through observing and interpreting evidence, we believe that our lessons inspire children to know more about the past and to think and act as historians. History at Pendle encourages critical thought, perceptive questioning and discussion. Through their work in History, children gain a sense of chronology, duration and their own cultural identity. They also gain an understanding of how events in the past have influenced our lives today. By linking learning to a range of topics/subjects, children at Pendle have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past and understand chronology e.g. using the iPads to conduct their own historical research. The History curriculum is taught through cross-curricular topics.


Each year children will follow three History and three Geography units. The units have been planned to allow progression of skills and knowledge of local and global events, whilst covering the national curriculum for History within each key stage.


There is no specific ‘History’ within the Foundation Stage but it has links with the areas of learning such as Understanding the World; People and Communities; and Communication and Language.  An investigative approach to finding out about historical events is identified within the characteristics of effective learning, such as thinking critically; making links; finding out and exploring.


Topics are enhanced by visits and visitors into school such as Adrian Worrel who has done some fantastic workshops in school. We are lucky to have some wonderful primary sources within the local area to support teaching and learning, for example Clitheroe Castle.




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