Big Picture - Talk like an Historian
History unlocks information about the past and links it to the present using research skills and different sources. We can understand by asking questions and know how the past shapes the present and the future. It creates links and empathy with other generations and cultures.
At St Stephen’s Infant School, we want to engage children in a high quality history curriculum that will build a foundation for fascination, curiosity, and exploration of Kingswood’s past, Bristol’s past and that of Britain and the wider world. We focus on significant events and people and encourage children to make links with how these people and events might affect our lives today. We take opportunities to celebrate diversity with regard to different societies and people, and help children to make links with their own lives and member of the wider community.
“Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.”
Children have the chance to talk and celebrate their own History, using photographs and objects that are special to them during ‘Me Box’ time. Using the school allotment and playground environment, children make observations of animals and plants throughout the seasons and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes using the language of passing time.
Pupils develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They ask and answer questions, using stories and other sources to find out about the past, researching events and discussing differences and similarities between now and then. Children go to Blaise Castle Museum to explore toys from the past in Year 1.
Pupils should be taught about:
- changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life
- events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [the Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals such as Bonfire Night]
- the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods [Kings and Queens, Neil Armstrong, Mary Anning & Amelia Earhart]
- significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
Below are the SSIS progression of skills documents for History.