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History Lead - Mrs Navajas

Our Vision 


At South Green Infant School we are committed to delivering a high class history curriculum that will inspire and enthuse young minds who are excited to be curious to find out about the past.

We aim to deliver a curriculum that will foster awe and wonder and ‘drive’ children to ask the question ‘why?’ Through our curriculum and their growing knowledge and understanding of history, children will learn about the process of change, the diversity of society as well as their own identity. We want all our children to have an understanding of their past and to know how History can shape their future.





  • For the children to be exposed to a high quality history curriculum that will mean they become enthusiastic to learn
  • For the children to be curious to find out about the past
  • For the children to be driven to ask the question ‘why?’
  • To develop a sense of awe, wonder and mystery
  • For the children to become aware of the process of change, the diversity of society as well as their own identity
  • To have an understanding of their personal past
  • To understand that History can shape their future
  • To deepen the children’s critical thinking skills and make the learning meaningful by linking it with the children’s own experiences
  • That, overtime, History will engage, inspire, challenge and give children the tools to make their own choices in life in an informed, critical way




  • We follow the Key Stage 1 Attainment targets as set out in the History Programmes of Study in the National Curriculum (2014)
  • We learn about a mix of personal history and local, national and international historical people and events
  • In KS1 we follow cover history in 5 units in Year 1 and 5 units in Year 2

Year 1: How have I changed?, Remembrance, Transport, Victorian Seaside and Space 

Year 2: Local History, Remembrance, Great Fire of London, Polar Explorers and Nurses in the past

  • These units have been planned to ensure breadth of coverage across Key Stage 1 and to ensure that the important historical skills are taught progressively through the year groups
  • In Key Stage 1 children learn through and respond to a range of stories, photographs, artefacts and other historical materials. They learn to recognise there are different ways that the past can be represented and that some are more reliable than others
  • Across the school we celebrate 'Black history month' in October.  We study the following:  Rosa Parks, The Windrush, Floella Benjamin, the Obamas, Marcus Rashford and Martin Luther King
  • In the EYFS children learn about who they are, how they have changed since they were born and key events in their lifetime (such as starting school). They also have the opportunity to talk about things that happened in their family before they were born (such as older siblings being born etc.) Through stories and pictures they have the opportunity to talk about how things might be different today to in the past.
  • Every class has a timeline to which key events studied will be added in chronological order.
  • We cover key national historical events across all year groups with a change of focus to ensure skill progression, e.g. Bonfire night, Remembrance.




  • When pupils leave us at the end of KS1, they have developed an awareness of the past and an understanding of the concept of passing of time
  • They use common words and phrases relating to the passing of time
  • They have an awareness of chronology and know that some events happened in the past earlier than others
  • They  identify some similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods
  • They  ask and answer questions about the past
  • They use different historical sources
  • They have knowledge of key local, national and international historical events 
  • They have confidence in questioning concepts, showing empathy and tolerance
  • Children make links between their own lives and those of others in the past
  • Descriptors are used to indicate if pupils have achieved “working towards”, “working at” or “exceeding” the History judgements.


History in EYFS


By the end of EYFS, children are beginning to: 

  • explore the past in terms of special people, events, books, places and objects
  • start to use simple words to describe the passing of time
  • reflect on their own personal history
  • use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation and wonder of the world in which they live


Learning in History in EYFS is about:

  • knowing who you are and how you have changed since you were born
  • knowing that things in the past might be different to today
  • knowing that certain choices have a consequence
  • knowing that some people and events in the past are important



Curriculum Overview
Progression in History

History Policies

Useful Links for History