Brightside Nursery Infant School

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History statement of intent

 At Brightside Nursery Infant School the history curriculum aims to make full use of resources within the local and wider context enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history in their locality. We intend to use subject specific vocabulary and real-life experiences, including artifacts and trips within the local community and further afield to support this knowledge progression.  

In line with the National Curriculum, our aim at Brightside Nursery Infant School is to ensure that all pupils have secure knowledge and understanding of key events and significant individuals who have impacted our lives today. We also strive to ensure that children learn about significant changes, nationally or globally, within their living memory and beyond. Throughout their time at Brightside, the children will build on their previous topics as they move through school. In order for them to discover where these significant people and events fit within a chronological framework, giving them an all-round view of what ‘past’, ‘present’ and ‘future’ means in a real and meaningful way.

At Brightside Nursery Infant School we strive to stimulate the children’s curiosity in history to help them ask questions and develop their enquiring minds, helping them to become lifelong learners.

We encourage children to recognise and feel the beneficial impact History has on their mental and physical well-being. They leave Brightside with experiences that will enable them to reflect on past events and understand how these have shaped themselves and the world we live in.


Tier 3 Vocabulary EYFS

EYFS Assessment Points

History Curriculum Progression Overview




Early years and Foundation Stage (EYFS)

 In nursery and reception children are taught history through planned continuous provision and teacher led tasks. Due to the new EYFS curriculum history is taught through the past and present strand. Topics and provision include: 

  • Celebration topic - how we celebrated and how we celebrate now
  • Traditional tales to compare life then and now - Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Hen and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. 
  • Explore artifacts in chronological order
  • Images


Key Stage 1 (KS1)

In year 1 and year 2 history is taught following the National Curriculum. History is taught blocks and is used as a driver in a topic. When history is a driver it is main focus throughout that topic. Children learn about famous people and famous events. These people and events range from international to local. We aim for children to really get a sense what it was like in the past through going on school trips such as the Victorian Classroom and The Fire Museum. Topics covered in KS1 include: 

  • The Great Fire of London
  • Florence Nightingale 
  • The Story of your Life 
  • Victorians 
  • Christopher Columbus