Throughout their time in EYFS, the children begin to gain some early historical knowledge and skills through focused topic teaching sessions and accessing high quality provision. The children engage in hands on experiences which promote social and cultural understanding and allow for detailed discussions reflecting the world around them at present and in the past. To develop children’s understanding of chronology we use engaging floor books and a learning journey board where the children can look back at their prior learning and continue to recall and develop their knowledge. We use a range of stimulus to engage children and develop their historical understanding, including a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, IPads, visitors and educational visits. We provide the children with an interactive and hands on learning environment and high quality adult interactions to support and further learning, whilst fostering a love of learning about the past and encourage open questioning. Some of the topics that focus on developing historical understanding and skills include ‘Festivals’ where we learn about how and why they are celebrated and compare them to other festivals we have learnt about, ‘Seasons’ where we talk about natural changes over time and ‘People Who Help Us’ where we explore occupations and roles in society.
Question: How is Diwali celebrated?
Focus: Rama and Sita story
Abstract terms: King, Queen, tradition, celebration, prince, princess, royality, temple
Book: Rama and the Demon King (Jessica Souhami)
Topic: Christmas (Nativity story)
Question: How is Christmas celebrated? Why do people still celebrate Christmas today?
How is the past different from today?
Abstract terms: King, tradition, celebration, Angel, past, present
Book: Various non-fiction Christmas stories.
Question: Can you order significant life stages?
Focus: Sequencing stages of life, events, lifecycles…
Book: Various lifecycle books (non-fiction)
Question: Was it fair that Jesus was killed?
Focus: The Easter Story
Abstract terms: sacrifice, crucify, tomb, cross, soldier, supper, disciples, hot cross bun, new life, betray
Book: Various Easter Stories (non-fiction)
Question: Can you remember your Eid celebrations?
Are Eid traditions similar to any other celebrations?
Focus: Celebration of Eid
Abstract terms: Iman, mosque, quran, Mecca, Islam
Book: Samira’s Eid