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History Curriculum

History in the EYFS

  1. in the EYFS talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others.


History in KS1

Our pupils develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They learn where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They learn to use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms and ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They will have a developing understanding of some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.


Pupils are taught

¨ About changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.

¨ About events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally (the Great Fire of London, Toys and Homes now and then, and seaside holidays in the past).

¨ About the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods (Wright Brothers, Samuel Peeps, and Mary Anning)

¨ About significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.


Children are given a wide variety of experiences both in the classroom and out. We encourage school visits and visitors into school to enable all children to gain first hand experiences which will support their learning.

Geography Curriculum

At the Convent of Jesus and Mary Infant School & Nursery the Geography curriculum intent is to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination for the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We endeavour to equip pupils with knowledge about places, people, resources and natural and human environments.


In the EYFS we aim to:

Play and Explore

  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to 'have a go'
  • Make links between their learning
  • Choose different ways of doing things
  1. know about similarities and differences in relation to places. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.


KS1 we aim to:

Develop pupils’ knowledge of the wider world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They develop an understanding of basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.

Children are given a wide variety of experiences both in the classroom and out. We encourage school visits and invite visitors into our school to enable the children to gain first hand experiences to support their learning.