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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.


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 'On The 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!


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.


In the Early Years pupils will explore the world around them and look at the people within their communities, especially how people help us. They will learn about the importance of the emergency services and there will a virtual visit from a community police officer. 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. For example, the differences between a historic fire truck and a modern fire truck.


Year 1 will explore our towns history of hat making. Exploring why hats made in Luton were famous across the country. We will investigate the town’s coat of arms and explore the reason behind the four pictures used. 


Year 2 will explore the history of Luton landmarks and create fact files. We will investigate the devastation of the great fire of London and the impact that it had on fire fighting over time. We will explore the history of the Olympics and how it has changed over recent years.


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!

History scheme of work 20-21