History at Maun Infant and Nursery School
At Maun Infant and Nursery School we believe that teaching History should provide our children with a solid understanding of a range of past events. Our aim is to encourage children’s natural curiosity to develop an appreciation and understanding on how the past has shaped our lives now. As historians, pupils are exposed to a rich and balanced curriculum that provides them with new vocabulary and ‘sticky facts’, building on previous knowledge. This then help embed key concepts into their long-term memory, allowing the children to apply them fluently.
To implement the History curriculum across the school, it is planned so that new knowledge and skills build on what has already been taught in previous topics or years. This also ensures that our Maun historians are given a sequence of experiences including subject specific vocabulary, knowledge, history skills, concepts, ideas and evaluation. We teach History thematically and link our learning to the famous person or topic we are studying each term.
Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) will be inspired to be curious about the world around them, displaying qualities that a historian should have when finding out and exploring the world around them, using subject specific vocabulary. Within the new curriculum framework (applied from September 2021), children in the EYFS will:
In KS1, History is taught using the National Curriculum and History progression grids, setting high ambitions and expectations for all pupils, ensuring explicit cross curricular links are made. This is to ensure a considered sequence of experiences including subject specific vocabulary, knowledge, history skills, concepts, ideas and evaluation. The National Curriculum states that ‘a high quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past’.
By the time our children leave Maun Infant and Nursery School we want them to be able to think deeply about local historical events that contribute to their own identity. We aim to equip children with the historical skills and knowledge they need to open up possibilities for their futures. We hope that by providing them with an understanding of how the past impacts on the present day, they will have the resilience that they need to understand the world around them.