At Devonshire Infant Academy we aim for our children to develop an understanding of their own recent history and of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We want to inspire their curiosity to know more about the past and to develop their critical thinking and ability to ask perceptive questions. Through History we want our children to understand how changes over time have impacted the way we live today and to begin to understand why those changes came about.
- Children to develop an awareness of the past using vocabulary related to the passage of time
- Know about common changes within and beyond living memory
- Know about individuals in the past that brought about significant changes nationally and globally
- Know about historical events, people and places in their local area.
- Ask questions using a range of sources to show they understand key features and events
- To understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past
- To compare how things have changed over time and know why
As children returned to school in September 2020, we chose to focus on ‘History in the Making’ for children to understand and explain their own experiences of the pandemic which will one day be part of our history. We ‘discovered’ a time capsule from the 2nd World War that had been buried on the allotment by an evacuee. As the children followed his story they were able to draw comparisons with the situation in Lock Down and understand that we can overcome very difficult situations when everyone works together. We finished by burying our own time capsule about the pandemic in a ceremony on our school field, hoping that one day in the future it would help others to understand a little more about our experiences.