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Our whole-school Curriculum Development Leader for History is E Druce

A high-quality history education will help children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Developing the young historian at Someries Infant School and Early Childhood Education Centre

During their time at Someries Infant School and Early Childhood Education Centre, children will acquire the following key knowledge, skills and understanding in history as part of our unique Prime Learning Challenge curriculum.

Early childhood education curriculum milestones

Developing the knowledge and skills I need to be a successful young historian

The progress of pupils accessing our Early Childhood Education Centre is monitored using our unique curriculum milestone objectives to ensure they are suitably prepared with the foundational knowledge, skills and understanding they require to succeed in key stage one.

I notice differences between people.

I make connections between the features of my family and other families.

I begin to make sense of my own life story and my family’s history.

I talk about what I see, using a wide vocabulary and can begin to describe a sequences of events, real or fictional, using words such as ‘first…’ ‘then…’

I compare and contrast characters from stories, including figures from the past. I comment on images of familiar situations in the past.

I also enjoy talking about past and present events in my own life and in the lives of family members whilst sharing My Life Story Book with my peers and teachers.

I am increasingly able to order and sequences events using everyday language related to time.

I know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on my experiences and what has been read in class.

I understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and through storytelling.

Achieving these milestones throughout my early childhood education will support me in accessing my first steps in key stage one because they provide a foundation for me being able to:

  • sequence events and recount changes within living memory
  • use common words and phrases relating to the passing of time
  • compare similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods
  • place known events and objects in chronological order
  • understand key features of events

Key stage one

How children will build on the foundational knowledge, skills and understanding they developed throughout their Early Childhood Education

Throughout key stage one, pupils develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They develop a knowledge of where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They learn how to use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. As well as this, they learn how to ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They also develop and understanding some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

Pupils are taught about changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these are used to reveal aspects of change in national life. They also learn about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.

Pupils learn about the the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements as well as how to compare aspects of life in different periods.

They also learn about significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.