At Bracebridge Infant and Nursery school, through EYFS our history focus is on ensuring that the children have the correct vocabulary (academic talk) in order to access the KS1 curriculum, and to help close the vocabulary gap of the children beginning their school life with limited English words. This is done in line with the EYFS framework, and an enquiry-based model. In nursery, children will have vocabulary (academic talk) modelled to them constantly, so that by the time they reach reception, they are using this language accurately, naturally and in context, within their own speech. Our aim is for this to be embedded by the time they leave reception. In EYFS it is our intent that children will develop their History knowledge through a greater understanding of the world; past and present and people, culture and communities.
In KS1, at Bracebridge Infant and Nursery School, it is our intent that our History curriculum will enable pupils to gain a developing knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world and inspire pupil’ curiosity to know more about the past. A sense of history is necessary so that we can learn from important episodes and decisions made, in the past. Through History we can appreciate the impact on contemporary society of the diversity of other people and their cultures and language. We want children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with high quality resources and the use of educational visits and visitors.
Our History curriculum is implemented through a cross-curricular topic based approach to engage and immerse our children within topics which they may have limited experience of.
In EYFS, progress and achievement is recorded on ‘Tapestry’ in line with the EYFS framework. Through observations, adults will record evidence of children using history related academic vocabulary. Through talking to the children and observing their learning, leaders will be able to identify the impact of our language-rich history curriculum.
In KS1, progress and achievement is recorded in the ‘Learning Journey’ which details the key skills for all non-core subjects. The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children are curious about the past and its influences while being equipped with historical skills, knowledge and academic vocabulary that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 2 and for life as an adult in the wider world. Children will be able to think like historians- knowing more and remembering more whilst applying their knowledge to various aspects of their learning.