Lordship Lane Primary School

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History at Lordship Lane


Our history curriculum is designed not only to excite children about history, but also to give them an understanding of the broad chronological sweep of history. We aim not only to build children’s historical knowledge, but also equip them with skills of historical enquiry. Our history curriculum also contributes to our wider aim of ensuring our curriculum represents the diversity of our curriculum: children learn about non-European civilisations as well as the legacy of colonialism.



Our history curriculum is based on that developed by the Haringey Education Partnership, but we have made some changes so that it works well for our school and our community. Generally speaking, children in key stage 1 learn history through themes such as ‘Explorers’ and ‘Monarchs’. In key stage 2, our curriculum is broadly chronological: children study prehistory and ancient civilisations in year 3, classical civilisations in year 4, medieval history in year 5 and more recent history, including an in depth study of London’s history, in year 6.


We have made knowledge builders for each unit of work: this is a sheet containing the historical words and knowledge that children are going to learn in each half term. Your child will bring this sheet home each half term, and it will also be shared on Seesaw.


History Teaching

In Early Years, children learn about history both through free-flow activities and in whole class sessions. Their introduction to history begins with frequent discussions about the past, including conversations about what children can remember.


In key stages 1 and 2, children have two history lessons a week. History lessons are interleaved with geography, so children have learn either history or geography in any given half term. Weekly quizzing helps children to remember what they have learnt over time. Our quizzing also ensures that children do not forget their history learning in those half terms when they are studying geography.



The table below offers a very broad overview of what children study in history each half term. Geography units have been included for key stages 1 and 2 as, of course, there are links between these two subjects. Our knowledge builders provide much more detail of the content; children will be given these to take home at the beginning of each unit of work.


 Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
NChildren compare old nursery rhymes and stories to modern ones. Talk during free flow and at other times also supports children's historical learning by discussing what they can remember.
RChildren continue to talk about the past and what they can remember.  Children also have daily morning conversations and free flow activities with questions like: What did we do yesterday? How do you know that dinosaurs are not around anymore?


Our School and Local Area

History: History of Childhood

Geography: London & England

History: History of Transport

Geography: United Kingdom

History: Monarchs



Oceans and Continents

History: Florence Nightingale & Mary Seacole

Geography: Hot and Cold Places of the World

History: Communication through Time

Geography: Contrasting Countries: England & Somalia

History: Explorers



Rivers & Mountains

History: Stone Age to Iron Age


Settlements & Agriculture

History: Overview of Ancient Civilisations

History: Ancient Egypt

Geography: Climates & Biomes


History: Ancient Greece

Geography: Coastal Processes & Oceans

Geography: Volcanoes & Earthquakes

History: Ancient Rome

History: Roman Britain

Geography: The River Rhine & the Mediterranean


History: Early Islamic Civilisation

Geography: Population & Migration

Geography: North & South America

History: Anglo Saxons & Scots in Britain

History: Anglo Saxons and Vikings

Geography: Why is California so thirsty?



Contrasting Regions

History: History of London

Geography: Globalisation & Global Trade

History: British Empire & Colonialism

History: World War 2

Geography: Natural Resources