How can we celebrate local significant individuals and places? - George Harrison, 12 Arnold Grove, Liverpool

With the launch of the National Blue Plaques scheme, run by Historic England, this activity allows pupils to consider what makes a local person significant. Pupils will then use a range of historical sources to find out more about George Harrison, of the Beatles, and about 12 Arnold Grove Liverpool, his birthplace, and the site of the third blue plaque in Historic England’s national scheme.


Teaching idea

These resources are designed for use in the Key Stage 2 classroom. The use of local stories and topics is intended to make the past more relevant, real, accessible, and interesting. George Harrison may also be considered nationally and internationally significant, making this resource useful for schools across the country.

Pupils are encouraged to consider what makes a significant person, linking back to learning they may have carried out in Key Stage 1. They then interrogate a range of historical sources allowing them to develop historical enquiry skills, relevant for all topics.

Learning aims and outcomes

Pupils will

  • Learn about significant historical events, people, and places in their own locality
  • Study an aspect of history dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality
  • Gain an understanding of historical concepts such as significance
  • Make connections and draw contrasts with previous learning
  • Begin to understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims

Prior knowledge

  • No prior knowledge is required

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