Our history curriculum aims to encourage children to be researchers and to question and explore historical events. Children are encouraged to become historians through developing their own knowledge of what history is. They are taught and encouraged to use historical enquiry skills to reason and make links with their own history and the history of our world. History is progressive throughout each year, building on the children’s previous learning and experiences.
Our History curriculum is built upon year on year to encourage children to develop their skills when looking at the past. In Reception, children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage looking at Understanding the World to learn about themselves and what history means to them. In Key Stage 1, children follow the National Curriculum aims and objectives, exploring significant global, national and local historical events and themes. In Reception, history is taught throughout the year, and in Key Stage 1, history is taught termly.
Provision is carefully planned for children to access in Reception and Year 1, allowing children to build upon their knowledge and encouraging children to explore historical artefacts or events in their own way. This gives children the opportunities to further embed their historical enquiry skills as well as opportunities to develop a historical vocabulary that can be used to talk about the past. Children enjoy access to a wide range of artefacts, experiences and technology as part of their history learning. We explore our local area and encourage the children to compare historical events with their own experiences.
Throughout their time at Pickhurst Infant School, children are given firm foundations to become historians so they can use their knowledge and skills in their future explorations of historical events.