Aims and intent of the History curriculum

At Lakeside Primary we seek to create a broad and balanced curriculum approach, where skills and knowledge are equally valued.

Learning intentions are skills with implicit knowledge that we want children to be able to learn. Knowledge is distinct, declarative knowledge, such as facts and information that support the learning intentions.


Knowledge and skills are intertwined. They are also mutually beneficial. Research indicates that children become more proficient learners when they develop metacognitive and cognitive strategies, such as being able to retrieve and connect their knowledge. Likewise, when children develop the skill of reading, they can access and build a wider knowledge base.


How is History taught at Lakeside?

History is taught across KS1 and KS2 using the Cornerstones curriculum which has four stages.

Children will progress through four distinct stages of learning in each project – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.

The four stages seek to do the following: offer all children a memorable experience at the start of every topic which excites, promotes and hooks children’s interest. During the projects, the children’s curiosity is stimulated through different tasks involving problem solving, creativity and communication which aim to develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts as well as developing a rich and deep subject knowledge.

Children are encouraged to understand the purpose and value of their learning, make links and see its relevance to their past, present and future. Different aspects of history are studied across the Key Stages within a coherent and progressive framework which explores the breadth and depth of the national curriculum.


What History Knowledge is taught at Lakeside?


Each year the key History knowledge builds on learning from previous years.

The long term overview, that shows which knowledge is taught in each year group, can be found in the documents below.


How do I find out more information about the History Curriculum?


If you have any questions about this area of the curriculum please speak to your child’s class teacher initially or to Miss Westbrook (Who can be contacted through the school office).

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