Intent: What we want to achieve through History teaching
At Laceyfields Academy, our intent when teaching History is to develop our children’s knowledge of their local history, Britain’s past. Our children will be curious about different events, places and people and they will consider how events in the past have influenced how we live today. They will think critically about what we can learn from the past.
Implementation – How we do it here
Our children learn about different times in history by using a range of sources such as books, video, virtual and actual visits, stories, eye-witness accounts, and photographs. In EYFS, children develop their curiosity by asking and answering simple questions about the past and present time through continuous provision. In KS1, children build on this and compare events from the past with present day showing aspects of change in local and national life. Children learn about how some local industries and places have changed as well as learn about some local significant people. Children sort, classify and sequence information to deepen their understanding. They explain their understanding using vocabulary that relates to the passage of time. They place events on a timeline so that they can develop a sense of chronology. Some of our History topics have been linked with Art, Design and Technology and Science so that children can explore and make connections between subjects. We celebrate Black History Month by learning about significant people and we continue to learn about people from diverse backgrounds throughout the year.
Impact: How we will see effective History teaching
Our children will be ready for the next stage in their education by being able to talk about their local history, Britain’s past and significant people from beyond the United Kingdom. They will have developed confidence to ask about and give reasons for past events so that they can understand how these shape how we live today.
The Big Ideas in History
Changes within living memory
Know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.
Children are likely to have come across photographs of their grandparents and great grandparents when they were young
They may have had a collection of such photographs in EYFS or been shown them by parents and grandparents
They may have seen some older artefacts such as record players or cassettes or kitchen equipment from 20 to 50 years ago, etc.
Know about changes within living memory and identify some similarities and differences that show aspects of change in national life.
Know that the toys their grandparents played with were different to their own.
Know that toys people from the past played with are different to their own.
Organise a number of artefacts by age.
Know what a number of older objects were used for.
Know the main differences between their school days and that of their grandparents.
Know about changes within living memory and explain how lessons could be learnt from the past to impact on national life.
Describe memories and changes that have happened in their own lives .
Events beyond living memory
Know about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally through festivals or anniversaries.
Know about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally (for example through festivals or anniversaries
Know about an event or events that happened long ago, even before their grandparents were born
Know that children’s lives today are different to those of children a long time ago
Know about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally and consider what lessons we can learn from the past.
Know what we use today instead of a number of older given artefacts
Choose and select evidence and say how it can be used to find out about the past
Understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling.
Discuss the lives of significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements.
Name a famous UK person from the past and explain why they are famous.
Remember parts of stories and memories about the past
Use words to show the passing of time: old, new, earliest, latest, past, present, future, century, new, newest, oldest, modern, before, after.
Discuss the lives of significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements and compare aspects of life in different periods.
Know about a famous person from outside the UK and explain why they are famous
Use words and phrases such as: old, new, earliest, latest, past, present, future, century, new, newest, old, oldest, modern, before, after to show the passing of time
Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
Talk about the lives of people around them and their roles in society
Know about significant events and people in their own locality and how these impacted on local life.
Know the name of a famous person close to where they live
Know about significant events and places in their own locality and evaluate how these impact on local life.
Know how the local area is different to the way it used to be a long time ago
Differentiate between things that were here 100 years ago and things that were not (including buildings, tools, toys, etc)
Ask and answer simple questions about the past and present time using related vocabulary e.g. today, yesterday, before, after, new, old
Ask and answer simple questions using simple sources of information to understand key features of events e.g. through
Ask and answer questions using a range of sources to show knowledge and understanding of key features of an event e.g. through:
Understand how we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.
Talk or draw about past and present events in their own lives.
Talk, draw and write about aspects of the past using common words and phrases related to the passing of time.
Present and write about real events (English objective) using a wider vocabulary of everyday historical terms including words and phrases relating to the passing of time.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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