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Our History curriculum ignites pupil curiosity to learn more about the past alongside developing critical and philosophical thinking. Cross-curricular learning, visitors to the school and trips to sites of historical interest immerse the children within topics which develop their understanding of the past in relation to themselves, their community and the wider world.

Lingfield Prep school students learning about history

Early Years

Children in Nursery and Reception are introduced to the concept of ‘history’ by exploring the past in discussion with teachers, parents, grandparents and friends. This is the beginning of their understanding of events, lifestyles and people from the past. Through activities and conversations, they learn how other people are different from them, yet share some of the same characteristics and ideas.

Key Stage 1

Pupils develop an awareness of the past using a wide vocabulary of historical terms. They learn about the lives of significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements. They also discover where and how the people and events they are studying fit within a chronological framework.

Key Stage 2

In Years 3 to 6, pupils continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. They make connections, discuss trends, construct informed responses and understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.