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Geography, History and RE

At Stoneyholme Primary School, we learn through a topic based curriculum. By developing our skills in these areas, we become the historians and geographers of the future, understanding the spiritual, cultural and moral differences in society.


History helps pupils make sense of the world in which they live and develops a sense of their own identity.  It plays an essential part in preparing for living and working in the contemporary world. Through studying history, pupils acquire and develop enquiry and chronology skills which can be used within other areas of the curriculum. History helps children to gain an understanding of the past, with relation to themselves, their families, their communities and the wider world. To stimulate learning and ensure the children have a wide range of experiences, trips and visitors are included as often as possible.  The outdoor environment and local area around school are used frequently to embed and increase the subject knowledge and help pupils to understand how their own environment fits in to the history which they study.



In Geography we aim to provide opportunities to develop the children's sense of wonder at the beauty and scale of the world. To promote citizenship, we aim to develop children's knowledge and understanding of national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the UK and the wider world. To enable children to understand the social and cultural influences on their lives, we aim to provide opportunities for children to discuss and reflect upon social, political, economic and environmental issues.


Their learning will include the use of geographical vocabulary, enquiry skills, fieldwork skills, mapping, questioning, use of photographs and the study of places in the UK and the wider world. To ensure the children have a wide range of experiences, trips and visitors are included as often as possible. The outdoor environment and local area around school will be used frequently to embed and increase their subject knowledge.




Religious Education

We follow the Lancashire Syllabus for the teaching of R.E. We also work with The Burnley and Pendle Faith Centre. The Faith Centre Offer to Schools is a Service Level Agreement to provide support to help schools identify interfaith and cultural awareness opportunities for their children, young people and families in order to maximise their potential. By working with the Burnley and Pendle Faith Centre we aim to:

  • Strengthen teaching and learning in Religious Education & Citizenship as well as the related Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural framework.

  • Raise awareness and develop opportunities for local educators and groups seeking better understanding of the influence of belief, faith and culture in education and across our communities.

  • Drive school linking programmes between our partner schools and colleges and enriching the transition from primary to secondary education.

  • Provide a programme of events creating opportunities for interfaith understanding and dialogue impacting on positive achievement and attainment in the classroom.

  • Bring together people of all cultures and faiths to grow in respect, understanding and friendship through our inspirational celebrations, projects and diversity events.


The support outlined in the Faith Centre Offer to Schools helps headteachers and key teachers to:

  • Develop a needs led and outcomes based approach to addressing community cohesion;
  • Evaluate existing practice; gain recognition for the school's achievements in the community.
  • And link school priorities to Local Children's Trust Partnership & Ofsted priorities



Art in Heaven

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R.E. Trips and Visits

Throughout the year, children from every class will visit different places of worship and the Faith Centre. These will include: a Mosque, Church and Buddhist Temple in Burnley, a Sikh Gurdwara in Preston and a Synagogue in Manchester.

This will help to develop our understanding of other faiths in our community. Here are some of the comments that the children made about the visits last year:


“It was peaceful!” (Y4 at the Church)

“The activities were fun and told us all about different religions.” (Y5 at the Faith Centre)

“The role play was good. We imagined what it might be like during prayer time in a synagogue.”    (Y5 at the Synagogue)

“I liked how links were made to Islam and I now understand the importance of the Torah to Jews.” (Y5 at the Synagogue)

“We liked it when we thought about the qualities of a leader with Bea (it helped when we thought of Mother Teresa.)” (Y3 Faith Centre visitors to school)

“We enjoyed dressing up as different characters from the nativity story.” (Reception at the Church)

“We thought about when we were tempted to do the wrong thing.” (Y2 at the Faith Centre)