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In our school, the history curriculum enables our children to become critical thinkers about the past, to ask and answer questions through evidence-based enquiries and to understand how learning about the past can help to change the future. We aim to stimulate our children’s curiosity and develop their understanding of the process of change and how it affects the community and the wider world.

At Whitefield we teach the history objectives from The National Curriculum through our Creative Curriculum.  

We teach history in an exciting way.  We encourage children to reflect upon evidence and question what we have learnt from the past to help our everyday lives. They engage in drama activities and we have many historical visitors to bring the past to life!

If you would like to know more about History in the National Curriculum visit https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum

EYFS

 

In the Autumn term, children in our Early Years classes have been finding out about themselves and their families in their All About Me topic. They have talked about who is part of their immediate and wider family and celebrated their diversity and similarities. This helps them to understand each other's differences and how they are all special and unique! 

Year 1

 

In the Autumn term, children in Year 1 have been developing their awareness of the past and learning about changes within living memory. They have looked at themselves and their family structures and described their families using historical vocabulary. They have investigated how homes have changed over time, identifying 'old' and 'new' objects and comparing household items from a long time ago to what the children find at home nowadays. They have handled artefacts and used secondary sources of evidence to build their understanding of how home life was different in the past. 

The children have also looked at their lives using a time-line. They have thought about how they have changed as they have grown and the things that have happened in their own lives. They placed the significant events that have happened to them in chronological order and used historical vocabulary to show the passing of time.

Year 2

 

In the Autumn term, children thought about where they belonged. This included their families, their school, their community and much more. They studied Nelson in the past, looking at changes to the local area and how school has changed over time. They used old photographs of Nelson to make comparisons between life in different periods using a greater range of historical vocabulary in their descriptions. To investigate how school life was different long ago, the children looked for evidence in photographs to prove whether a statement was true. Have a go a the activity below (Schools - Always, Sometimes or Never?) to test your enquiry skills!

Year 2 also looked at Learie Constantine as a significant individual. He was a famous sportsman and politician, and moved to Nelson from Trinidad a long time ago. The children asked their own questions to help them find out more about him and researched his life using secondary sources. Read the information Powerpoint text below to find out more about him.

 

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