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Bishop Pursglove C of E Primary School

Reach Higher, Think Deeper, Love Wider


“The value of history is, indeed, not scientific but moral: by liberalizing the mind, by deepening the sympathies…it prepares us to live more humanely in the present and to meet rather than to foretell the future.” – Carl Becker, historian.


The aim of the History curriculum is to encourage interest in and enjoyment of the past. We wish to give the pupils an understanding of the development of the United Kingdom, Europe and the rest of the world over time, and the impact these developments have on their ‘present.’


We achieve this through a range of activities and learning styles; encouraging pupils to creatively explore the events and people that have filled our past and will shape our future.


The emphasis is not on learning facts but on developing the skills of an historian – to be a questioning detective, interpreting the evidence and making judgements.


Critical thinking, thoughtful debate and sincere reflection are the keys to a successful student of history.



At Bishop Pursglove, we aim to develop SMSC through History by:



  • Fostering the mystery of how and why events in the past happened and their many causes.
  • Helping children to realise the incredible significance that some individuals have had in the past and how historical knowledge changes with new evidence and different interpretations of events.
  • Allowing pupils to see the similarities between people now and in the past and bringing them alive through primary and secondary sources, artefacts and visits and visitors. 
  • Artefacts, for example, can bring us closer to people through touching what they felt, feeling their shoes, clothes etc.



  • Encouraging pupils to comment on moral questions and dilemmas from the past.
  • Helping children to empathise with the decisions which ordinary people made at the time, based on their historical situation.
  • Developing open mindedness when considering the actions and decisions of people from the past.



  • Encouraging pupils to think about what past societies have contributed to our culture today.
  • Promoting pupils' own social development through working together and problem solving.
  • The study of social issues is a common theme in History lessons.
  • Exploring the similarities and contrasts between past and present societies and be made aware of how, in the main, we are very fortunate to live in ‘the modern world’.



  • Developing a better understanding of our multicultural society through studying links between local, British, European and world history.


British Values


At Bishop Pursglove, we aim to promote British Values through History. British Values, including those of: Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance (of those with different faiths and beliefs) are embedded in the History Curriculum. 


Students explore issues such as democracy in their historical context and relate them to the modern day through studying periods such as Ancient Greece. This enables the students to understand how, overtime, changes happen and to evaluate their impact. By looking at the achievements of famous British people (KS1), students develop an awareness of how they have influenced and shaped the country in which we live. This includes an appreciation of their work. Teaching students to respect and value diversity is encouraged in the day to day teaching and learning through showing respect for different viewpoints and ideas as well as in the ability to work effectively together both individually and in groups.


Protected Characteristics


At Bishop Pursglove, we want to give our children an open, respectful and realistic mindset. Through History we can look at how individuals and groups of people were discriminated against for reasons of gender, race, sex, religious beliefs and compare this to how similar groups of  people are treated now in both the UK and across the globe. We can also use the experiences of the past to learn how to behave in the future.


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