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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. At Cobbs, History is centred around our children’s knowledge and understanding of the wider world around them. Our children enjoy their History learning as they explore with their peers, express their viewpoints and gain a wider and more in depth understanding of the similarities and differences between life today and in the past.

We are very lucky that we are able to touch, see and explore a wealth of artefacts and photographs as sources of information. History is brought to life through stories and visitors at Cobbs. We often have theatre experiences to help the children immerse themselves and develop understanding of the particular area of History we are looking at, like famous and significant people in History, such as Neil Armstrong.

Children are also able to access local experiences that are planned through visits to museums and historical places. In Year 2, the children visit Tatton Farm and experience a day in the life of a World War II evacuee, whilst Year 1 children visit Warrington Museum and learn about toys from the past, as well as an experience at Tatton Mansion House where they learn about the Victorians.

In Nursery and Reception, 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’.

History appears in the Knowledge and Understanding Area of Learning of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. In Key Stage One we plan from the National Curriculum for History.

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Evidence of History

Nursery Reception Year 1 Year 2

History Websites for Children

BBC Bitesize - KS1 History


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