At Hillborough Infant and Nursery School we aim to deliver a high-quality education, enabling pupils to gain knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Pupils’ will be encouraged to learn more about the past and will be given the opportunity to ask questions, think critically and look at evidence.
In the early years pupils will explore the world around them and look at the people within their communities. They will be encouraged to ask questions about what they observe and use appropriate language to explain what they find. Pupils will be provided with exciting opportunities to observe past and present events as well as looking at a timeline that is personal to them. For example, when learning about themselves, they would do a timeline of themselves as well as looking at a family tree.
Teachers in the Early Years aim to build a foundation of skills required to broaden pupil’s historic thinking. Pupils will be encouraged to use exploratory skills by introducing artefacts into their play-based activities.
Through our termly topics, pupils’ will be given opportunities to develop an understanding of the complexity of people’s lives and changes that have occurred over time. They will develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They will also learn about significant people and events and where they sit in a chronological framework, whilst identifying similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.
This term our topic is 'Julia Donaldson.' Pupils have explored the story 'The Magic Paintbrush,' focusing on the history of Chinese New Year. We have created time lines and learnt about how traditions have changed over time.
Next term our topic is 'On Our Doorstep.' Pupils will delve into the history of Luton, including recent changes in our town and back to the time Luton became famous for hat making! Pupils' will explore the production of hats in history, and have the opportunity to create their own for our WOW event!
Pupils’ will develop the ability to use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms, along with the ability to ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events.
Pupils’ will develop an understanding of some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.
At Hillborough Infant and Nursery School we hope that pupils experience of history leaves them with the skills that will be the foundation of their history education. As well as memories of exciting educational visits that they remember for the rest of their life!