We believe that it is important for young children to meet historical ideas as far as possible through direct experience and relate them to their everyday life experiences. We encourage practical learning through the investigation of appropriate artefacts, various resources, including people, drama and educational visits.
History gives children
- A sense of their own identity and origins
- A sense of curiosity about the past- a chance to ask questions and analyse evidence
It helps them
- Develop and use specific language and a wider vocabulary
- Interpret, explain and ask questions, for example: why did this happen? How do we know this is true?
- Begin to understand the world we live in
History in the EYFS
In the early years we concentrate on developing a sense of personal history, giving children a sense of chronology that they can relate to and use as a stepping-stone in following years. We introduce positive History experiences where all children can experience success.
History in KS1
All children are taught History through topics.
Our curriculum is delivered through a lively cross-curricular approach. The skills of enquiry are taught and practised in contexts provided by our topics such as Pirates”, Space or “Superheroes” (& toys). Skills are built up from EYFS to KS1.
Direct teaching of History takes place during the topic times. This is through group or whole class activities. Teachers in each year group work closely together from the same plans and each class have the same learning objectives, although there may be some differences in delivery or resources to allow differentiation.
Children learn about life and events in the past. They learn about the lives of significant people and significant local events and people.
In our organisation for History activities we provide opportunities for children to work:
- independently or collaboratively
- in large or small groups
- as a whole class
The range of work planned provides opportunities for activities which:
- are flexible enough to meet the needs of all pupils with different starting points and based on prior knowledge
- are challenging and stimulating
- are open-ended
- use exciting resources and creative starting points