History & Geography

At Pensans primary school we are delighted to embrace the new 2014 national curriculum and as humanities coordinator I am particularly pleased to see far more emphasis has been placed on extending the pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the world that we live in. 

At Pensans, teachers plan cross-curricular topics each term. Therefore geography and history objectives can be addressed via a literacy, art, ICT, citizenship or PSHE focus rather than as a discrete lesson. This ensures purposeful learning for our pupils’ and promotes a ‘thirst for learning’. 



“A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives”.

The knowledge, understanding and skills for geography are broken down in to four areas:

Location Knowledge

Place Knowledge

Human and Physical Geography

Geographical Skills and Fieldwork



“A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past”.

The knowledge, understanding and skills for history can be categorised in to four areas:

Changes within living memory

Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally

The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements

Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

To ensure that all humanity objectives are covered and built upon, Pensans has created a 2-year rolling programme that stipulates what humanity objectives are to be covered in each year group. Thereby ensuring that all pupils have received the full curriculum by the end of key stage 1 and 2. 

For a clearer breakdown of these objectives follow the attached links:

1) the national curriculum objectives for humanities. 

2) our adopted programme of study.


For any further queries don't hesitate to contact me.


Kerry Willcocks

Humanities Coordinator