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At Penketh Primary School we are committed to providing a high-quality history education which 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 and learning should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift analytically through arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

History helps pupils to 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.


  • Children will develop a curiosity and understanding of events, places and people in a variety of times and environments.
  • Children develop an interest in the past and an appreciation of human achievement. 
  • Children will learn about major issues and events in the history of our own country and of the world and how these events may have influenced one another.
  • Children will have a knowledge of chronology within which the children can organise their understanding of the past and place specific events and periods.
  • Children will understand how the past was different from the present and that people of other times and places may have had different values and attitudes from ours.
  • Children will understand the nature of different evidence bases by emphasizing the process of enquiry and by developing the range of skills required to interpret primary and secondary sources.
  • Children will distinguish between historical facts and the interpretation of those facts.
  • Children will understand that events have a multiplicity of causes and that historical explanation is provisional, debatable and sometimes controversial.


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