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St Nicolas' Church of England Infant School

Living life in all its fullness

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St Nicolas' Church of England Infant School

Living life in all its fullness


Intent - Our Vision

We want our children to:

  • Have a sense of chronology.
  • Understand that over time, people’s way of life has varied and developed.
  • Gain a historical perspective on their life and the world.
  • Be able to apply their knowledge to understand connections between periods of history and the lives of people now and in the past.
  • To consider the value of different historical sources.
  • Appreciate and celebrate significant individuals, cultural traditions, arts and events which have influenced life in Britain.


    Implementation - How we will deliver this to achieve our goal

    • Cross curricular learning helps children to make links between history and other areas of learning.
    • We provide first hand experiences, including historical activities, cooking, trips and visitors.
    • A 'decolonised' curriculum which celebrates the part diversity has played in the development of our own and other cultures.
    • Use of high quality books, resources, materials and online resources inspire and deepen learning.
    • By providing opportunities for awe and wonder, including problem solving and the element of surprise when introducing new topics.
    • Opportunities to explore concepts for themselves through continuous provision approach deepen and embed the learning.
    • Encouragement to ask own questions using discussion, working walls and Wondering Walls, and to seek answers, during which children apply the research skills they have been taught.
    • Our annual Black History and Dignity Pause Day celebrates the ways Caribbean culture has enriched Britain and the ways in which significant individuals in Black history have made a difference in the world.
    • Use of the art of discussion to prompt and inspire questioning and curiosity about the events and lives of people in the past.

    • Teachers' expertise and skill in archaeology and history enriches the subject.


    Impact - How we know our vision has come to fruition

    Our children are ready for the next stage of their educational journey, leaving us:

    • With an enthusiastic interest in history, inspired and motivated to continue to learn.
    • Able to make links and reason about historical questions and ideas.
    • Able to apply knowledge to new situations and periods of history.
    • Transferring knowledge of history and how this could impact on the future, using higher order thinking skills.
    • An understanding of chronology and how to use sources.
    • Interested in and appreciative of the historical context of the society we live in.
    • Appreciative of the rich variety of cultural and historical influences in Britain.