“We are not makers of History. We are made by History.” - Martin Luther King

We believe that History is an exciting and engaging part of our school's curriculum and that ‘a high-quality history education will help our pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding about Britain’s past and that of the wider world’.

At Leadenham C E Primary School, we promote the learning of History through cross-curricular activities and an enrichment programme of visits, visitors and workshops, designed to awaken and inspire our pupils’ inquisitiveness about the past.

Through the study of History, pupils at Leadenham CE Primary School will also develop the key Knowledge and skills of enquiring and posing questions, thinking critically, considering evidence and evaluating arguments. We hope that these skills will support pupils to reflect on the constant process of historical change and the diverse nature of societies and relationships, equipping them as global citizens to face the challenges of their lifetime.

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History: Intent 

At Leadenham CE Primary School Primary School we believe that children should gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate children's curiosity to know more about the past. Children should learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Our History curriculum ensures that children will have a chronological understanding of British history from Stone Age to present day. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this is the need to look at world history such as the ancient civilisations of Greece and the Mayans and Egyptians.

The curriculum is enriched by connections and cross curriculum work. Children learn through enquiry based learning opportunities to gain a greater understanding of Britain’s and the World’s history.

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  • Children will learn about key figures from history ranging from King Cnut to Emmeline Pankhurst to Winston Churchill.


They will also experience the following during Key Stage 2:

  • Visit to at least one local and one national museum

  • Visit to a place of local historical interest including the Civil War Museum in Newark

  • A cross-curricular understanding of key historical figures including examples such as the Frenchman Louis Pasteur in the history of medicines in science



  •  Children are happy learners within History. They experience a wide range of learning challenges within the subject and know appropriate responses to them.

  • Visits within History have enriched the lives of the children and they are able to discuss how the experience impacted their knowledge and understanding.

  • Children of all abilities and backgrounds achieve well in History. Children talk enthusiastically about their learning in History and are eager to further their learning in the next stages of their education.

  • Fundamental British Values are evident in History and children understand how it can celebrate difference.

  • Through wider reading in History, children will understand how events in History have influenced the modern world.  Reading materials include horrible histories; BBC bitesize; Historical Association articles; BBC news along with a range of library books tailored to children’s reading ages.

  • Children will understand how to decide the reliability of varied sources.

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