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On this side of our webpage you will find key documents that outline how History is taught at St Leonard's.

The diagram below shows how, through our history curriculum at St Leonard's, we want children to develop a deep-rooted knowledge and understanding of the past.



The vision for history at St Leonard’s is to enable children to develop a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. At St Leonard’s we aim to foster this understanding through material that covers the large scale equally balanced with the personal. We want to give children a sense of the grand narrative whilst also honing in on the local or intimate story. For it is particularly in the teaching of history that this balance has immense power.


At St Leonard’s we teach children a sense of chronology, and through this, they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage.  We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and, by so doing, to develop the skills of interpretation, enquiry and analysis. At St Leonard’s we aim to encourage and nurture a deepening curiosity to discover and understand more about the past.


History has always been held in high regard at St Leonards, with the school’s own rich history within the context of the local area.  The history curriculum at St Leonard’s makes full use resources within the immediate and wider local area enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality.

Topics are informed by the national curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area. The history curriculum is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy.

In line with the national curriculum 2014, the curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils: Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past; Are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement; Begin 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.

History Knowledge Overview

History Skills Progression

Historical terms

Over the course of their time at St Leonard's pupils will develop the understanding and ability to use the following historical terms in context.

How we plan for progression

Events, trips and activities

Scroll down the right hand side of the page to browse photographs and see what we've been up to!

Years 1 and 2 visit to Skipton Castle


Years  1 and 2 had a fantastic time finding out about Skipton Castle.  They enjoyed sharing their knowledge about castles with each other.  The children explored the castle and learnt about the people who lived there. 

Here are a few pictures from our day.  

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 

To mark the Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th January a group of year 5 children had the opportunity to create a piece of artwork at Whalley Library.  The children were taught about what life was like for people in the Concentration Camps and used books to research what items were taken from people before they entered the camps.  

Horse Chestnut invited Rowan to go to their Egyptian Museum

Horse Chestnut's Tudor projects 

The children enjoyed talking about what they found out and showing the rest of the class.  

Archived documents