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Curriculum Links

Our learning experiences have been designed to link to the school curriculum in a variety of ways.

For example we have explicit links to the History, Arts, Science & Engineering curricula as well as supporting learning in literacy and numeracy.

We also support GCSE History and A Level courses, providing sessions on GCSE local study, Crime & Punishment and bespoke interpretation guided experiences to support topics such as the World Wars.

Here is an overview of some of our curriculum links.

Early Years Foundation Stage


  • Playing and exploring – engagement (ready) – exploring, playing, ‘have a go’
  • Active learning – motivation (willing) – being involved, concentrating, trying, enjoying achieving what they set out to do
  • Creating and thinking critically – thinking (able) – having own ideas, making links, choosing ways to do things

Prime areas

  • Personal, social , emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Communication & language

Specific areas

  • Literacy – Reading, Writing
  • Mathematics – Numbers, Shape, space & measure
  • Understanding the world – people & communities, The world, Technology
  • Expressive Arts & Design – Exploring & using media/materials, Being imaginative e.g.
    • The Collection = Stone Age Adventure, Fossils, Dinosaurs, Prehistory
    • Lincoln Castle = Magic Castles, Storytime Castle, Life in a medieval  castle

National Curriculum Key Stage 1 History

  • Awareness of the past, language of the passing of time, chronology. Ask and answer questions. Know and understand key features and events.
  • Changes within living memory (include if possible aspects of change in national life)
  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally e.g. technology and transport changes
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their locality e.g. Norman castles, Romans, World Wars, Tudors, Mayflower 2020.
  • Lives of significant individuals e.g.
    • Lincoln Museum= Artists, Archaeologists, Key historical figures e.g. Boudicca, Aethelred, Romans
    • Lincoln Castle = King John, William Conqueror, Nicolaa de la Haye, William Marshall, Eleanor of Castile, Kathryn Swynford
    • GOH = Henry VIII, Catherine Howard, Catherine Parr, Richard III, John Wesley , Mayflower Pilgrims
    • MLL = Local links to industry, Women in WW1 munitions, Queen Victoria,
    • BBMF = Superheroes stories

National Curriculum Key Stage 2 History

  • Chronologically secure, connections, contrasts, trends over time, appropriate use of historical terms, historically valid questions, change, cause, similarity, difference and significance.
  • Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age = at Lincoln Museum
  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain = at Lincoln Museum & Lincoln Castle
  • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons – art & culture, settlements and kingdoms, place names and village life = at Lincoln Museum
  • The Viking and Anglo-Saxons struggle for the kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor  = at Lincoln Museum
  • Local history study = at all sites e.g. BBMF Aviation study
  • An aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
  • Achievements of earliest civilisations – Egypt, civilisation, papyrus writing a painting = at Lincoln Museum
  • Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the Western world = at Lincoln Museum
  • Examples = Power of Roman Army (link to Lincoln – ‘Romanisation’) = at Lincoln Museum & Lincoln Castle
  • Non-European history to compare with British = at Lincoln Museum & Lincoln Castle

National Curriculum Key Stage 3 History

  • Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509 = at Lincoln Castle and Gainsborough Old Hall
  • Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1509 – 1745 = at Lincoln Castle and Gainsborough Old Hall
  • Ideas, political power, industry & empire, 1745-1901 = at Museum of Lincolnshire life and Lincoln Castle
  • Challenges for Britain , Europe and the wider world = at all sites
  • Local history study in depth = at all sites
  • See examples –e.g. ‘Neolithic Revolution’ for the study of an aspect or theme in British history that consolidates and extends pupils’ chronological knowledge from before 1066 = at Lincoln Museum.

History GCSE and A Level courses

Our Guided Experiences support a very wide range of local and topic specific links e.g.

  • Roman Lincoln &  Posterngate = at Lincoln Museum.
  • Medieval Castles site interpretation studies= at Lincoln Castle
  • Medieval Manor Houses and Tudor life studies = at Gainsborough Old Hall
  • World War 1 = at Museum of Lincolnshire life
  • Crime and Punishment = at Lincoln Castle
  • Medicine through time = several sites
  • Aviation history and technology = at BBMF


Creative Arts

All learning experiences link to our exhibitions, extensive collections and sites.

We are currently broadening our Creative Arts offer to link to the 2018-2020 exhibitions. Watch this space.

National Curriculum Key Stage 1

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • Use drawing, painting & sculpture to develop and share ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Art and design techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, practices & disciplines and making links.
  • Work of artists, architects and designers in history

National Curriculum Key Stage 2

  • Develop techniques, including their control and use of materials with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
  • Create sketchbooks and record observations. Revisit ideas.
  • Improve mastery of art and design techniques including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (e.g. pencil, charcoal, paint, clay).
  • Work of great artists, architects and designers in history


Our extensive offer can be tailored to meet the STEM needs for a variety of topics. Specific workshops have been devised to focus more closely on STEM

  • Transport & Engineering & World War 1 = at Museum of Lincolnshire life
  • Castle Science Explorers = at Lincoln Castle
  • Archaeology techniques = at Lincoln Museum
  • Construction techniques = at Lincoln Castle & Gainsborough Old Hall
  • Aviation technology = at BBMF

Literacy and Numeracy

All learning experiences link to our exhibitions, extensive collections and sites. These provide a wealth of areas to focus on literacy and numeracy.

Our learning experiences support curriculum work on creative writing and mathematical measurement as well as developing investigative and scientific skills.

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