History is a record of what happened in the past and why. Our children learn about significant events and people and their influence on life today. At Stoke Park Infant School, History is often integrated into topic work and taught in lots of different ways.
Aspects of History appear within the Area of Learning called Understanding the World in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, which is the curriculum for our Reception children. In Reception, children often dress up and engage in role play to enhance their learning. This usually links to the topic at the time in the class. The children in EYFS often learn and understand History by talking about the very recent past. They begin to use language like ‘yesterday’ and ‘last week’.
In Key Stage One we teach the National Curriculum for History which allows us to focus on: changes within living memory, significant events beyond living memory, the lives of significant individuals and significant historical events. Focusing on these four main areas gives children the opportunity to make comparisons between their own lives and begin to understand the changes that have happened through history including local history.
At Stoke Park Infant School we bring History alive through exciting topics that inspire children's curiosity about the past. We link History to other subjects including English, Drama, Geography and Art.
Children are also able to access experiences that are planned through visits to museums and historical places. In Year 2 for example, the children visit Royal Victoria Country Park in Southampton where they learn about Florence Nightingale in exciting workshops and look at how the hospital would have once looked. This field work gives the children first-hand experience of original artefacts and experts who enrich the children's knowledge and understanding.