History is a record of what happened in the past and why. Our children learn about significant events and people and their influence on life today.
Within the EYFS children begin to learn that as they grow up, they are increasingly able to do more things for themselves independently. This emerging knowledge and understanding can be used to explore crucial early historical skills.
Historical understanding can be used to extend the children’s learning and understanding of themselves and the world around them. During their time in EYFS, children will be increasingly aware of the changes in routines during different times of the day and seasons of the year. These changes in times have an impact on what activities they can do (sleep, eat, play, home, holidays etc) as well as what they wear and what they celebrate. Children will also spend time thinking about how they change as they grow, as well as past and present experiences.
Children often dress up and engage in role play to enhance their learning. This usually links to the topic at the time in the class. The children in EYFS often learn and understand History by talking about the very recent past. They begin to use language like ‘yesterday’ and ‘last week’.