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Stanford Infant School


Our Statement of Intent

As historians, the children at Stanford Infant School will gain a sense of the passing of time and will be curious about the past. They will explore history through a holistic approach, with many cross curricular links. We strive to provide the children with an engaging creative history curriculum, so that they become curious and passionate historians; with the knowledge they gain and the skills they develop will continue throughout their lives. The children will consider a range of past events and time periods and how these impacted on Britain’s past. They will experience a multifaceted approach, bringing history to life, through school trips to local historic places and through role play experiences. The children will be given opportunities to learn about a variety of significant individuals who have contributed to the local community and/or a wider world context, being mindful of our diverse and ever changing school community. Our history day in the summer term allows the children to learn about significant people from both the past and present, and to appreciate the diversity of these individuals. Our goal is that when children leave Stanford Infants, they leave as inquisitive learners, beginning to understand their place in history, and with a desire to enquire about the past.

Understanding the World - Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage EYFS 2021

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them – from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society such as police officers, nurses and firefighters. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. As well as building important knowledge, this extends their familiarity with words that support understanding across domains. Enriching and widening children’s vocabulary will support later reading comprehension.

Purpose of Study – National Curriculum 2014

A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.