At Bracebridge Infant and Nursery School the children develop a love of the past right from the Early Years Foundation Stage. Here they investigate how they have changed and grown. They also look at the toys that they play with today compared to when they were babies. This develops their understanding of the passing of time and the importance of the past.
These skills are then built on through Year One. The children develop their ability to order chronologically and compare buildings and landmarks from the present and past.
When investigating Castles children have experienced first hand what life was like through a visit to Lincoln Castle. They look at castles through time and decide why important changes were made. The year 1 role play area is transformed into a medieval castle and children are encouraged to design shields and coats of arms in art. Children deliver deeper into the history of Castles as part of their Towers, Tunnels and Turrets learning project.
Through other topics, children begin to investigate famous people and events such as real life superheroes, like Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale and Queen Elizabeth I and famous pirates through the 'Superheroes' and Land Ahoy! topics.The children get to choose a famous person to discover more about and use the internet to find out more. Here the children are encouraged to ask and answer questions alongside using a range of evidence sources to find the answers. This includes eyewitness information, BBC school films and non-fiction texts. They then focus on chronological ordering and timelines of significant historical events.
Finally ,the children take a trip back in time to the Seaside! This is supported by a trip to a modern day seaside resort – Skegness. Here the children look at photographs and watch footage to compare how holidays have changed overtime. The children look at clothing, transport and souvenirs. Children delve deeper into the history of seaside games, traditions and customs as part of their Land Ahoy topic!