History at Furze

At Furze Infant School we teach History through a range of exciting projects, built around a broad and balanced curriculum. Even though formal History teaching begins in KS1, what children learn in the early years foundation stage (EYFS) is crucial knowledge for them to build on in the future. The knowledge and vocabulary that children develop, particularly through the ‘understanding the world’ area of learning, enable them to access history content at key stage 1.


Our History curriculum will give children the opportunity to E V E L O P :

Develop: Teaching of a deep and rich History curriculum will offer coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

Experiences: To experience the breadth and depth of the national curriculum for History to develop a chronological understanding. This will allow children to identify how events and individuals throughout History have shaped their own lives and the world we live in today.

Values: To ensure that children learn through a diverse History curriculum that can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.

Explore:  To enjoy exploring our world through engaging History experiences to immerse children within projects and maximise learning for all children

Lifelong: To offer a coherent and progressive learning journey in History, that builds on prior knowledge and skills to prepare children for future learning through the curriculum in the years ahead.

Opportunities: To develop a curiosity about the past and be able to raise questions that they would like to find the answers to, thinking critically about historical sources of evidence that they see and handle. 

Purpose: To realise the importance of History learning to become responsible, independent citizens who will make the world a better place.


How do we teach History?

 In EYFS, the children will engage in activities in which they learn to understand their own ‘timeline’ by talking about the past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.

In Year One and Two, our projects ensure the coverage of the National Curriculum for Key Stage One

Pupils are 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 lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality