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History Curriculum Map- Northfields Infant School and Nursery

History at Northfields Infants and Nursery School


  • Provides children with opportunities to be curious and ask and answer questions.
  • Hands on experiences that allow children to immerse themselves into their learning.
  • A deep understanding about themselves and their immediate family that provides a basis of learning.
  • Developing knowledge about their local area, Letchworth, and the wider world.
  • Develops understanding about how key events in the past have influenced the way we live today.
  • Children can investigate and learn about artefacts and how we appreciate them.
  • Children to develop their chronological understanding through use of timelines. 



Our children will experience:

  • Fun and practical experiences
  • Asking and answering questions
  • Developing chronological understanding
  • Hands on experiences through workshops



  • Subscription to History Association which provides workshops and resources
  • Walks around local area


Key Historical figures:

Year 1:

Neil Armstrong, Matthew Henson, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II, Walt Disney

Year 2:

Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole, Guy Fawkes, Samuel Pepys, King Charles II, Grace Darling

Key Historical events:

Year 1:

First moon landing, first man to reach the North Pole, castles through the ages, toy development

Year 2:

Local history of Letchworth Garden City, the gunpowder plot, the Great Plague of 1665, the Great Fire of London of 1666, Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, creating of nursing

Topics covering History skills in Year 1:


Around the World

On our Doorstep


Toy Story


Topics covering History skills in Year 2:

Letchworth Lives

April Showers

Fire, Fame and Fortune

The Wicked and the Wise


Forest School

Progression in vocabulary:

Year 1

Past, present, older, newer, chronological, order, recently, today, tomorrow, years, months, days

Year 2 (Year 2 also reinforce previous vocabulary learnt)

Artefacts, decade, parliament, chronology, sequence, events, importance




  • Talk about the past and present of their own lives and their immediate families.
  •  Look at differences between themselves and others.
  • Use and explore basic everyday language to time.


Changes within living memory

Year 1 (become familiar with their own lives and immediate family and begin to use simple terminology)

  • Children to explore, ask and answer questions about their own lives and events that have happened during their own memory.
  • Children to look at the history of the school and surrounding areas.

Year 2 (understand and describe how events and places have changed within their own lives)

  • Children to learn about the development of Letchworth Garden City and how this has changed over the last hundred years.
  • Use observation skills and ask questions to parents and grandparents about how Letchworth Garden City has developed over time.


Events beyond living memory and the lives of significant individuals

Year 1 (Describe simple events and significant figures)

  • Children discuss and describe events and significant figures, including Neil Armstrong and the moon landing.
  • Children to begin to develop chronological understanding by organising key events through history.
  • Children to ask and answer questions about events and lives of significant individuals.
  • Understand that key events have happened in their lives and beyond their living family.

Year 2 (Discuss historical figures and events and explain why they happened and how this influences our lives now)

  • Children to explore key events that have happened in their lifetime and beyond their living memory.
  • Comparison between significant individuals and how they have affected our lives now.
  • Children to further develop chronological understanding and to use key terminology, include decade, years, centuries.
  • Children develop an understanding about key events that have happened in the past, that is beyond their living memory e.g. the Triassic, Jurrasic and Cretaceous periods.


Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality

Year 1 (identifying and describing events in their own locality)

  • Children to explore school grounds and look into the history of the school.
  • Children to use their observation skills to comment and describe the changes that have occurred in their own locality.

Year 2 (compare historical events, people and places in their own locality using artefacts and pictures)

  • Children to explore artefacts and photos from Letchworth Garden City and look into significant people from the local area including Ebenezer Howard.
  • Children to use a wide vocabulary relating to historical terms.


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