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Please read on for what History looks like at Peel Common Junior school!




“History is who we are and why we are the way we are.”

David McCullough, American author



The intent of teaching history at Peel Common Junior School is to stimulate the children’s curiosity and interest about people who lived in the past. The children are taught a sense of chronology, developing their understanding of other cultures as well as their own heritage, giving them a deeper sense of identity. The children learn how events in the past have influenced life today. Question led investigations are designed to give children experience of enquiry, problem solving, analysis and interpretation. Questions such as:  The children are encouraged to ask why events took place and to question the consequences of decisions made by important peoples of the past.

Our aim is to encourage pupils to develop an appreciation and understanding of the past, evaluating a range of primary and secondary sources. Our historians will also be able to explain clearly how these sources give us an insight about how people around the world used to live and how these interpretations may differ. We aim to ensure that recognition and understanding of diversity in race, religion, gender and age is embedded within all areas of study. Pupils will be taught to make links between the areas of learning, with the aim of developing engaged, motivated and curious learners that can reflect on the past and make meaningful links to the present day.




History is formed by the people, those who have power and those without power. Each one of us makes history.

Anselm Kiefer, German artist