At The Hayes Primary School, we believe the study of History inspires children to want to know more about the past- to think and act as historians. By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world and to be able to communicate historically. As historians, children are starting to think critically about history and are able to communicate their ideas; whilst developing a sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
We use PlanBee, a resource that provides quality primary history resources that teachers use to support their planning and delivery of the subject. In this way, we can ensure that we aim to help specialist and non-specialist teachers deliver great lessons. Children in the Foundation Stage study History (Understanding of the World) through a range of fun play-based activities and experiences. Understanding of the World is split into two distinct focus areas: People and Communities and The World. In Key Stages 1 and 2, we have 3 topics per year (one for each term) that cover the subject content and link to the objectives outlined in the National Curriculum, organised into the areas; 'Historical Enquiry, Historical Understanding, Chronological Understanding and Vocabulary'.
Learning is brought to life by a range of enrichment activities which includes visitors to the school, role play activities and trips to places of historical and geographical interest. This ensures History helps children to -
· Engage in questions about people and events in the past helps them understand the present and prepare for the future.
· Understand people’s relationships with the physical and built environment, helping them form ideas about how to live.
· Learn about the impact of their actions on the planet and understand the importance of developing a future that is sustainable.
· Develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others, and a sense of belonging.
· Interpret the world around them, from the local to the global.
· Become aware of how communities are organised and shaped by people’s values and actions, and how communities can live and work together.
In these ways, children learn about similarities, differences, diversity and how we live in an interdependent world.