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History School Aims and Mission Statement


At Lakenham we believe that our History curriculum should be:

  • child-centered, focusing on the needs and interests of children and building on what they know

  • taught in a relevant, meaningful and purposeful way

  • ambitious and challenging

  • delivered through rich and varied learning experiences

Our intention is that our curriculum will provide opportunities and experiences that will foster and inspire children to Enjoy, Achieve and Aspire and to be:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, are curious, take risks and make progress and achieve

  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives - achieve

  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society - aspire

 We will endeavor to:

  • encourage parents to be active partners in their children's education

  • develop lively, enquiring minds fostered by increasingly independent learning

  • instill a desire to learn by identifying relevant targets, providing appropriate support and rewarding achievement

  • foster self-reliance and motivation

  • provide a safe and stimulating working environment

  • encourage children to act creatively and with imagination

  • develop the ability to work cooperatively 

  • encourage children to value the views of others and to argue dispassionately and rationally

  • support children to be active and live healthy lifestyles

  • develop an understanding of the past which will help them to live successfully in the present, and to plan intelligently for the future

The intent of our History curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. As a result of this they will:

  • increase and develop their historical skills, concepts, knowledge and attitudes

  • increase their understanding of the present in the context of the past

  • develop and use their skills in historical enquiry, analysis, evaluation, and argument

  • develop their interest in the past, arousing their curiosity and motivation to learn

  • develop a sense of identity through learning about the past 


The majority of the History curriculum is taught through Enquiry which includes cross curricular topic teaching. This will vary across year groups and will include both direct teaching and child-led Enquiry. Within Early Years, History is introduced through ‘Understanding the World’ and has a main focus on the child’s personal history which is then developed further in KS1.

Timelines are used in all classes from EYFS to Year 6 (although they look slightly different in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 due to the areas of history studied). The chronology of the period studied is plotted on the class timeline and explicit references are made to other periods studied so that comparison and chronological understanding is developed and embedded as the children progress through the school.


We will measure the effectiveness of our curriculum and see the impact it has had as:

  • children will know more, remember more and understand more about History
  • children will understand and use the key skills of chronological understanding, knowledge and understanding of events in the past, historical interpretation, historical Enquiry and organisation and communication 
  • as historians, children will learn lessons from history to influence the decisions they make in their lives in the future
  • children will have access to a history curriculum which will challenge them by ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum and views are taught which includes all aspects and versions of history e.g. equality, human rights, oppression, suffrage, race, power and privilege.
  • key stage 1: Events within or beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally; and the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. 
  • key stage 2: A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066, including understanding what and who put the "great in Great Britain" in Year 6

Curriculum Coverage

Click on the image below to see the journey of history at Lakenham.


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3 

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Special days

VE day celebrations at Lakenham Primary School and Nursery!

 Lakenham is 100!

Empire Windrush Celebrations

Black History Month 
Migration Story