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The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind.
  • Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’ .
  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analysis.
  • 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
  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.


History teaching at Pembury Primary School should take place in every year group during at least 3 terms across the academic year. We aim to stimulate interest and imagination, understanding and knowledge through the teaching of our creative, child-led curriculum with explicit, historical links being made to the ongoing topic work. We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our history lessons. We believe largely in whole-class or group teaching methods, and we combine these with enquiry-based research activities. We encourage children to ask as well as answer questions and provide opportunities, such as homework projects, where children can follow their own line of enquiry and present their findings in a format appealing to them. Children take part in discussions and wherever possible we try to involve them in ‘real’ historical activities, e.g. research of a local environmental issue/problem or the use of the Internet to investigate a current issue.

Core skills (maths, literacy, oracy and reasoning) will be developed through this subject by cross curricular teaching linking core skills to the topic learning is based upon during any particular term.


Many tasks in history require numeracy skills such as collecting numerical information, the interpretation of tables, lists and charts and data presentation through frequency tables, graphs and diagrams, including pictograms, bar charts and line graphs.


Learning in history provides opportunities for pupils to apply their spoken language and literacy skills through cross curricular role play, reading and writing.


The children have opportunities to undertake Internet research using iPads and computers, as well as share and present their work in different formats.


Pembury historians will: 

  • Use sources to develop an awareness of the past and the passing of time, including changes in Britain over time.
  • Be able to build a chronological picture of historical events, relating to events locally and worldwide.
  • Find similarities and differences between life in a different historical context, compared to their own whilst using appropriate historical language.
  • Begin to ask and answer questions in an historical context as well as learn about the lives of some of history’s most influential figures.
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Pembury Primary School
Lower Green Road, Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 4EB
Phone: 01892 822 259 Email: office@pembury.kent.sch.uk