The children love finding out about the past at Maple Infants’ School!
Within the early years, the children explore the theme of history through their understanding of the world. The focus here is to help the children to explore their own experiences and find out more about other peoples, comparing similarities and differences, igniting their own curiosity. Communication and language development is a key focus throughout the school and our early years team ensures that the children are exposed to vocabulary which will develop their understanding and knowledge and help them to continue to make progress as they move into key stage one.
At Maple Infants’ School, we follow the National Curriculum within History: Key stage 1 Pupils should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should know 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 should use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They should 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 should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented. Pupils should be taught about:
changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life
events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London, the first airplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries]
the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and LS Lowry, Rosa Parks and Emily Davison, Mary Seacole and/or Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell]
significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.