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At Knights Enham Nursery and Infant School we want History to inspire children’s curiosity about the British past and that of the wider world. The knowledge learnt and skills developed during the Early Years and Key Stage One Curriculum will equip the children for the next stage in their education. Our History Curriculum will facilitate children’s understanding of their own heritage. The skills developed through the History curriculum are transferable to other curriculum areas and used to promote Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.


Early Years

History in the Foundation Stage focuses on the individual children, families and backgrounds. Historical skills such as asking questions are developed. History is taught through both Discovery and adult led sessions. Objectives are taken from Development Matters and assessments are made using Tapestry. Objectives are taken from the following areas of learning: The World, People and Communities, Speaking and the Characteristics of Effective Learning. History is delivered through our themes, the children’s interests and anything relevant to the children. Staff communicate with family and guardians to keep up to date with the children’s news. A key area focussed on during the Early Years is the development of vocabulary.


Key Stage One

The National Curriculum History Curriculum in Key Stage One is is taught through learning journeys. History is taught half termly so that by the end of the year, three History based themes are studied. Some of the themes are History based and therefore the History is embedded in other areas of the Curriculum. The children are able to demonstrate the knowledge they have learnt in other areas. Each theme will include key knowledge to learn, skills and concepts to remember. We endeavour to bring History to life through the use of artefacts which we borrow from the History Curriculum Centre.



Teachers use effective assessment for learning across the school to ensure knowledge is gained and skills and concepts are developed. Attainment in History is measured using the statutory assessments at the end of the Foundation Stage (The World, People and Communities and Speaking). We want the children at Knights Enham Nursery and Infant School to be equipped with the knowledge, skills and concepts that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 2.

Long Term Plan and Progression of Skills

We believe that all our children have the right to

Powerful learning experiences – Feel safe and be happy – Be treated as individuals

We work together to respect

Everyone in our community regardless of difference

We realise that we all have a responsiblity to

Make the best contribution we can