We inspire our children at Norwood Green Infants to have a well-rounded understanding of the whole world in which we live, to explore, discover and experience being a part of the different stages of history and to become history makers themselves!
The teachers and children at Norwood Green Infants love to learn together and throughout the history curriculum achieve this through engaging in fun, practical and exciting opportunities; whilst at the same time developing their historical knowledge and vocabulary in a light-hearted yet meaningful way.
We endeavour to ensure that history is recognised as an essential part of our children’s education and is taught in accordance with our whole school ethos, “Love, laugh and learn together”. As we incorporate our ethos in teaching history, this inspires the children’s curiosity through hands-on experiences, critical thinking and learning together; the ability to understand the ‘story’ of Britain’s past and the wider world; their personal identity; and to have respect for other cultures and points of view.
History tells the story of our planet and the development of humanity. Therefore, our vision for history is ambitious and, in keeping with the diverse school community, we seek to move beyond local narrative to embrace a wider view of peoples and nations. We aim to achieve this vision by:
- Children ‘travelling back in time’ and ‘across the globe’ to see how humans have shaped our world and have been shaped by it.
- Stimulating pupils’ interests in and curiosity about past events.
- Increasing knowledge and understanding of the changing world and how the past influences the present.
- Encouraging pupils to ask questions and propose solutions to problems/events.
- Developing competence in historical investigative skills.
On a whole school scale, our ethos to “Love, laugh and learn together” is clearly entwined throughout ‘Black History Week’ in October, which includes explicit planning whereby all our children are taking part in and experiencing a vast array of engaging, hands-on and cross-curricular activities, promoting equality and respect for people from all different cultures and backgrounds. An example of this is when all of our children in Key Stage 1 participate in an interactive African storytelling and drumming workshop, whilst our children in the foundation stage read stories from different cultures such as ‘So much’ by Trish Cooke and ‘We’re Going on a Lion Hunt’ by David Axtell, enjoy playing instruments, listening and dancing along to African music.
The Great Fire of London is a perfect example of how we, as a nation, have learned from our past by putting in preventative measures and solutions, such as firemen and strict building regulations (re-thinking where and how houses are to be built). As part of this unit, the Year 2 children re-enact the burning of the houses outside on the school field, allowing them to experience on a small scale the tragedy which took place that day and empathising with the people who felt a great loss a long time ago.
Through the curriculum we create opportunities for all our children to participate in engaging lessons and workshops; studying and exploring real artefacts; gathering evidence and going on relevant educational visits allows them to experience and develop a love for history and all the richness that it has to offer. It also helps them to see the relevance and understand the impact that previous events have on us today and that it is essential for us to learn from our past mistakes in order to create a better future for ourselves and generations to come.