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History in the EYFS.

Foundation Stage history is part of the national curriculum's learning objectives for developing children's understanding of the world, so they learn through planned opportunities that introduce the concept of time and change. 


Here are some examples of ways history is brought to life for the EYFS children:

  • Bringing in a photo of themselves as a baby and discussing their own past. 

  • Observing the life cycles of minibeasts and other animals, and describe the changes over time.

  • Children may bring in items from home to talk about e.g. toys from the past. 


Supporting these historians at home!

  • Encourage your child's awareness of features in the area you live. Point out how some buildings look older than others.

  • Take your child to museums, galleries and history-themed events.

  • Discuss events that occur regularly within your child's experience, for example seasonal patterns, daily routines and celebrations.

  • Help your child to develop a sense of change over time and help them to differentiate between past and present by growing plants or looking at photographs of their life. Talk about past and present events in their own lives and in those of other members of the family or friends.

  • Encourage investigative behaviour and raise questions such as, ‘What do you think?', ‘Tell me more about?', 'What will happen if..?', ‘What else could we try?', ‘What could it be used for?' and ‘How might it work?'

  • Use language relating to time in conversations, for example, ‘yesterday', ‘old', ‘past', ‘now' and ‘then'.

  • Read stories that introduce a sense of time and people from the past.

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