History Infant

History is taught in order to stimulate the pupils’ interest and understanding about significant events and the lives of significant people in the past and how these important factors have influenced our lives today.

We aim to foster in pupils an interest in the past and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer through knowing about significant events in British and world history appreciating how things have changed over time.

Children are taught to begin to develop a sense of chronology and to understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage.

Children will have the opportunity to develop their skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation through a variety of hands-on practical activities.  Children experience real history through visitors to school, drama, visits to historical sites such as Norwich Cathedral and Holkham Hall.  Such activities provide a stimulus for exciting and relatable cross curricular opportunities, including speaking and listening and writing. We also use artefacts, visual resources and Information Technology to inspire children to find out about the past.

History is planned and delivered in Key Stage 1 in line with the National Curriculum and is integrated within topic teaching. Skills are taught progressively from Reception to year 6, with opportunities for children to build on and embed their learning.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage children learn about history through child centred activities as part of their Understanding the World area of development.


In the EYFS the children are learning through play! They have a specific topic focus for each half, to give the children opportunities to explore a broad range of new experiences and to offer challenge through in school opportunities and visitors and visits. Staff respond swiftly to the children’s own child initiated learning experiences, interacting in a way which moves learning forwards for all learners. Reception children are encouraged to talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.  The children will learn through experiences that introduce the concept of time and change.

Your child’s teacher may ask ‘What happened next?’ after reading a story or looking at other sequences of events, such as getting dressed, planting a seed or making a sandwich. Children may be asked to think about themselves and how they have changed over time.

How you can help your child:

  • 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.

Year 1

In Year 1 we learn about a variety of interesting and inspiring topics.  The topics which have a strong Historical focus are ‘Our Planet and Beyond’ and ‘Step Back in Time.’

During the ‘Our Planet and Beyond’ topic we look at significant events and individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements, eg: the first man in space (Yuri Gagarin) and the first man on the moon (Neil Armstrong).

During the topic ‘Step Back in Time’ we will learn facts Victorian times, and we’ll visit Holkham Hall and learn about a typical Victorian day. On our visit we look back at the history of the building and families that lived there.

Year 2

In Year 2 we learn about a variety of exciting, thought provoking topics.  The topics which have a strong Historical focus are ‘Medieval Norwich’ and ‘Land and Sea’.

Through the topic ‘Medieval Norwich’, we use a variety of sources to gather information including books, posters and the internet.

Our work focuses on how people lived and we identify differences between the past and present. We visit Norwich Cathedral as part of our history studies.

Our topic of ‘Air, Land and Sea’ includes work across lots of curriculum areas. In History we learn about Lord Admiral Nelson as he is a local figure in history.  We also learn about the life of Monet and look at his famous artwork.

We’re looking forward to showing you pictures of our exciting Historical learning throughout the year so please check back regularly.

  • History Summer 2021


    Reception children continue to talk about their own experiences of events. They act out scenarios which demonstrate their knowledge of the past. For example, a child may build a bus, role play the journey, then discuss bus trips they have completed with family members.


    Year One

    During the Summer term, year one children studied artefacts from the past, as part of the topic “Step back in time”. They learnt about different periods in history including the Victorian era and cave paintings. They also found out about significant people, including William Shakespeare and the Beatles band, as part of their cross- curricular work.

    Year Two

    As part of the topic “Art around the world”, year two children were introduced to the Egyptians. The children attempted to copy hieroglyphic symbols, which were used by the Egyptians.

  • History Spring 2021


    Children talk about their past experiences, including days out with their family and special times such as birthdays. They find out about the past and how life has changed from a variety of sources, including photographs, objects and stories.

    During the Spring term, the children learnt about dinosaurs. They found out lots of facts about dinosaurs using a variety of resources.


    Year one

    Year one studied the topic of ‘Our Planet and Beyond.’ The children learnt about the history of space travel including learning about the race to space and the astronauts Neil Armstrong, Yuri Gagarin. They have been introduced to time lines for the events of space travel.


    Year two

    During the topic of ‘Air, Land and Sea’ the children have learnt about Lord Admiral Nelson. They found out about important dates in his life and could use prior knowledge of how a timeline works to create their own timeline for Lord Admiral Nelson. Some of the children were able to expand on the information and wrote additional facts for each date.

  • History Autumn 2020


    Bonfire Night

    Reception children undertook activities linked to bonfire night at the beginning of November. Activities included discussing experiences of bonfire night, watching videos of the celebration, finding out about firework safety, and creating firework pictures.

    Year 1

    Winter Wonderland

    During the topic ‘Winter Wonderland’ the children learnt about Robert Falcon Scott and how his team tried several times to reach the South Pole. The children learnt that he recorded his travels in a diary, his ship got stuck in ice for 20 days and that unfortunately they did not make it home from the South Pole. The children enjoyed learning about how his team put a British flag at the South Pole when they finally arrived but were disappointed that another team had beaten Robert Falcon Scott’s team. After lots of class discussion the children were keen to record their learning onto fact sheets. They used what they had learnt and their knowledge from the Geography lesson to record full sentences. Many children said they would like to record their adventures in a diary like Robert Falcon Scott! 

    Year 2

    Night time

    As part of our topic Night time the children have learnt about a siginificant person from the past, Guy Fawkes.  The children wrote about who Guy Fawkes was and why he is an important historical person.

    They picked some items that Guy Fawkes might have used in 1605 and described how he would have used them. They then explained the difference between objects that Guy Fawkes could have used, compared with what he might have used today.

    Norwich’s Past

    Year 2 children have learnt about life in Norwich in the past. They studied the cathedral and castle in Norwich. Lessons included looking at artefacts relating to Norwich’s past, comparing old and new landmarks in Norwich, and finding out about castles and how they were defended. They also looked at the significant people Edith Cavell and William the Conquerer.

  • Autumn Term 2020 – Remembrance

    Remembrance Day was marked within the federation this year with the selling of poppies and individual class assemblies. In each class the children also took part in a silence at 11am. The children discussed with their classes the importance of the day. They learnt a little bit about the history of selling poppies, looked at photographs related to Remembrance day, and discussed why we come together every year to mark this event. The Reception children spent time during the day creating and making their own poppies to take home. During the infant assemblies, the children were shown a short animation designed to explain Remembrance Day to younger children. 


  • Toftwood Federation Online Historical Cook Booklet