Lakey Lane Primary School

Lakey Lane Primary School

Preparing every child for an exceptional life



We aim to deliver our curriculum through 3 key drivers which underpin our children’s learning.

Aspiration— we aim to broaden our pupils' knowledge of local, national and world history and help them understand how the past can shape their future.

Citizenship - We strive to ensure that the teaching of history gives our children a sense of identity set within our social, political and economic relationships.

Equality - children will develop an understanding of the complexity of peoples’ lives, the diversity of societies and beliefs whilst celebrating these differences.


Lakey Lane History Intent based on our 6 school values.

Ambition - to inspire children to be inquisitive and highly skilled historians. Through developing a deep understanding of the past, our children will have the ability and knowledge to shape the future not only for themselves but for those around them.

Self belief — to know that what they learn through history can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values. To recognise that the diversity of human experience can help them understand more about themselves and members of society.

Community — to develop a sense of identity through learning about the past and how history has shaped society and their own lives.

Respect— to understand that people interpret the past differently and use different ways to present their ideas.

Curiosity — to develop children’s interests about the past in Britain and the wider world. History lessons focus on the children working as historians and developing essential historical skills.

Kindness — to acknowledge and appreciate that history is about real people who lived, and real events which happened in the past. It is knowing how peoples’ acts of compassion have influenced the present and how theirs can influence the future.



In Nursery, children begin to explore the concept of the past by thinking about their own life story and their family history. They are introduced to past tense language such as yesterday and last week and consider key events that are important to them. Through stories, books and pictures they begin to notice the similarities and differences between life now and in the past.  In Reception, children further development the idea of significant events and begin to explore important events in the school's and locality's history as well as their own. In Summer term,  they explore the theme of royalty, develop an awareness of how artefacts and pictures provide us with information about the past and they also look at how everyday life has changed over time including changes to transport, school, clothes and toys. 


In Year 1, children begin the autumn term by studying the project Childhood. This project builds on children’s past experiences, including their family history and events within living memory, and works well as an introductory project. In the summer term, children study the project School Days. This project enables children to learn the history of their school and compare schooling in the Victorian period.

In the autumn term of Year 2, children extend their studies to explore a broader range of periods in the project Movers and Shakers. This project explores the concept of significance and the significant people that have greatly influenced history. Making links to our locality is key which is why this project introduces the children to influential Birmingham figures such as John Cadbury. In the spring term, children study the project Magnificent Monarchs. This project introduces children to the challenging concepts of power and monarchy in preparation for more complex historical topics in Key Stage 2.

The projects studied in Key Stage 1 provide numerous opportunities for children to explore significant historical events, people and places in their locality.


In Year 3, children begin the autumn term by studying the chronology of British history in the project Through the Ages. This project teaches children about the significance of prehistoric periods and the changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. In the summer term, children continue to develop their knowledge of the chronology of British history in the project Emperors and Empires. This project teaches children about the Roman Empire, its invasion of Britain and Britain’s ensuing Romanisation.

In the autumn term of Year 4, children resume their learning about British history in the project Invasion. This project teaches children about the Roman withdrawal and the invasion and settlement of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. This project concludes at 1066, which meets the guidance from the national curriculum for British history. In the spring term of Year 4, children begin their studies of ancient history by studying the overview project Ancient Civilisations. This project enables children to learn about the achievements of the earliest civilisations, including Ancient Egypt.


In the autumn term of Year 5, children continue to build their knowledge of ancient civilisations with an in-depth analysis of ancient China in the project Dynamic Dynasties. This project enables children to study the significance and influence of ancient China and its prowess and advancements in the written word, technology and metalwork. In the summer term, children further study ancient and world history in the project Groundbreaking Greeks. This project enables children to explore life in ancient Greece, including examining the achievements and influence of ancient Greece on the western world.

In the autumn term of Year 6, children study the more complex historical issues of enslavement, colonialism and power in the project Maafa. In this project, children explore a range of African kingdoms, including the Kingdom of Benin, and study Britain’s role in the development, perpetuation and abolition of the slave trade.

In the summer term of Year 6, children complete their historical studies with the project Britain at War. This project enables children to study the role war has played in Britain’s history since 1066, focusing on the First and Second World Wars as crucial turning points in British history.

Throughout the history scheme, there is complete coverage of all national curriculum programmes of study.