Primary School


Primary School


History at Gamesley Primary School

History is about events that have taken place in the past, whether it is 100 years ago or last week. It is also about people: people from this country and from other countries around the world. It is about people’s actions, the reasons for them and the evidence that remains of them. It is about changes that have occurred and the causes and consequences of these changes. History is about the relationship between the past and the present. Skills developed through historical enquiry have a wide application to everyday life and historical awareness promotes responsible citizenship.

Our Aims

Through our history lessons at Gamesley Primary School, we aim to provide pupils with a thorough understanding of the past of both Britain and the wider world. We aim to ensure that children are able to think critically when examining evidence and can develop their own opinions, which they can then back up with their historical knowledge.

History in the Curriculum

History is taught through our Cross Curricular Curriculum. The whole school plan aims to ensure that learning is progressive and that historical skills are central to learning. It is important that links are made between aspects of History being studied, so that the pupil’s knowledge is not episodic and they have a good chronological understanding. This will also ensure children can compare and contrast events and note trends over time. Placing each period of History studied onto a timeline enables children to locate themselves in relation to other periods studied and current events.

Teaching and Learning

The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in history lessons. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in history and we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our history lessons. We believe in whole-class teaching methods and combine these with enquiry-based research activities. 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.

History learning is enriched through a range of experiences including workshops on Castles, Prehistoric Times and Ancient Greece and visits to Bramall Hall, Tatton Park, Chester, York and Stockport Air Raid Shelters.