History is a strange concept when you only have 4 years of your own history to think about… To help children experience history in the world around us, it is important to provide a wide variety of learning experiences that are specific to their personal history first and then expand their thinking to the wider world.
- Use personal photos to create a scrap book of significant moments in your child’s short but super life. Encourage your child to do as much of the “work” creating the scrap book, cutting, sticking, drawing, decorating. Talk about each photo as you add it in.
- Extending your children’s understanding of themselves and their families by creating a family tree. Literally. You draw or make a tree, or use some real branches in a vase to display drawings or photos of all your family members. Again, involve them as much as possible and talk about it, explaining how they are related, where they live etc.
- Create a map of your local area. Draw a birds eye map, draw landscapes or make models of different buildings and structures. The children will be able to tell you what some of the building are called, purely by environmental print – “Mummy, that’s Tesco”. You can tell them about some of the other buildings and explain what has change since you were their age.
The wider world
- Provide children with opportunities to learn about the world around them through books, pictures, posters and photographs, and by using appropriate ICT.
- Relevant history topics are those that are a natural part of their own experiences, for example holidays, or festivals, or celebrations.
- Children’s natural curiosity often leads them to explore more abstract history topics – dinosaurs, pirates and vehicles being the main ones!