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History at Five Lanes


Intent Statement


At Five Lanes we aim to inspire children’s curiosity and interest about the past and that of the wider world. We intend through our teaching of History to equip pupils to think critically, ask perceptive questions, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. We firmly believe that History helps children to understand the complexity of people’s lives and the process of change. The children should be able to use and interpret a range of resources such as timelines, primary sources, secondary sources and accounts of History.


Across the whole of the school, children are taught the key skills of History through various topics.

Children in Foundation Stage are beginning to retell simple past events and talk about significant events in their life, compare and discuss how toys have changed over time in our Toys topic and learning to use and understand words such as yesterday, last week.

Children in KS1 and KS2 gain an understanding of changes which have happened over time and the cause and consequences of these changes through topics such as The Moon Landings and The Great Fire of London in KS1 and further developed in KS2 with topics such as Ancient Egypt and The Groovy Greeks.


Children are given the resources to develop their enquiry skills, especially when learning about specific events within History. In KS1, children learn about the Gunpowder plot through primary and secondary sources. These skills are further developed in KS2, with the awareness of bias and opinion in historical accounts, gained through topics such as World War 11. These topics are also supported by out of school visits and visitors to school.


Through our well thought out curriculum, children are encouraged to use prior learning to gain an understanding of the chronology of history. Children can compare and contrast periods in history to further develop these skills. 


"We are not makers of history. We are made by history."

Martin Luther King Jr.