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Leighton Primary School

History

At Leighton we provide high-quality history education that helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

We inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Our teaching equips our children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps students 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.

Some of our History topics include learning about the Romans, the ancient Greeks and the Mayan civilisation, amongst many others! Children have a variety of opportunities, throughout their school life at Leighton, to visit different sites of historical interest in their wider locality. These include Flag Fen, Fossils Galore and the Peterborough Museum. They travel further afield to gain first-hand experiences of what it would have been like to live in different eras, by visiting places like the Black Country Museum.  We also give children the chance to experience what it is like to be a historian by inviting in specialists such as archaeologists. 

Our historical skills are embedded into other areas of the curriculum such as English. Children get to write in a range of different genres to show their understanding, such examples would include completing non-fiction texts about dinosaurs or writing as if they were a soldier in the trenches of WW1.