Historical learning begins in the Early Years, as children begin to develop a sense of chronology, being able to talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members, alongside significant people, events and stories from the past.
As children move into Key Stage 1, they begin to develop an awareness of changes beyond and within living memory. The study of ‘Now and Then,’ and ‘Transport through Time,’ allow children to make comparisons and identify significance. Historical walks in our local area, visiting sites such as Hall’ith’Wood Museum, provide opportunities for children to look at similarities and differences and change and continuity in our local area.
In Key Stage 1, the broad range of significant people studied are selected to represent and promote diversity and equality within our school.
As children move into Key Stage 2, they develop an awareness of British, World and local History through a variety of concepts. Studies of ancient civilisations such as Egypt, are linked with local history. For example, the life of Annie Barlow, Bolton’s very own ‘Indiana Jones.’ The significance of events, such as World War 1 and 2, allow children to apply knowledge in a meaningful context. For example, the study of Muslim soldiers during World War 1. Linking to our local context, children study the migration of people to our country and our locality, discovering the rich heritage of our town, Bolton. A key aspect of our local area studies is Bolton’s impact on civilisation during the time of the Industrial Revolution.
Visits to places such as Bolton Museum, Manchester Museum, the Roman Museum, Ribchester, and MOSI are some examples of how we develop children’s understanding of life in Britain in different eras.