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Lavendon School

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At Lavendon Primary School we want all pupils to have an understanding of the past and how it will shape their future. We believe that high quality history lessons encourage critical thinking; enhance the ability to weigh up evidence and generate arguments; develop chronological understanding and allow pupils to develop their sense of perspective. Over and above our history curriculum aims to inspire our pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.


In Early Years activities are presented through a cross-curricular approach that aims to develop children’s learning across a range of the key learning areas. The children are introduced early on in their learning to methods which will help them to develop an understanding of chronology, which is essential for communication and language and numerical literacy. These historical concepts include:

  • Beginning to use historical based language – language associated with the passage of time;
  • A sense of uniqueness and of belonging to a community;
  • Developing a sense of historical enquiry;
  • Comparison and contrast, similarity and differences, variety;
  • Historical narrative and sequence and a sense of chronology and duration;
  • An introduction to handling artefacts and the use of evidence.


In Key Stage 1 children will develop an awareness of the past. They will learn about significant individuals who have contributed to the world. Children will also learn about significant historical events within the local area. In Key Stage 1 we will be looking back at changes within living memory such as how shops and homes have changed as well as events beyond living memory such as the Gunpowder Plot and The Great Fire of London. The children’s learning is placed within a chronological format.

In Key Stage 2 children will continue to appreciate history in a chronological context. They will work on securing an understanding of British, local and world history. In lower Key Stage 2 children will be focusing on areas such as prehistoric Britain and Ancient Egypt whilst Upper Key Stage 2 will be looking at the changing powers of the monarchy to link with prior learning in Key stage 1 and Britain in the world wars, among other things. Children will look at connections and patterns over time and develop a good use of historical terms. There will also be a greater focus on different sources and how our knowledge of the past is shaped from them. Ancient Civilisation is an exception to our chronological pedagogy. Due to the complexity of the sources available and the historical skills required, this has been placed as a Year 6 topic.