Using stories to support history in the EYFS

Primary History article

By Sandra Kirkland, published 21st February 2020

Using stories to support early history skills and understanding in the EYFS

Stories can be used as starting points for planning topics. Activities suggested below relate to ‘Understanding the world’ including Early Learning Goal 13 – People and communities: 

  • Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.
  • They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions. DfE (2017) 

This article uses some well-known children’s books and explores how early historical skills and understanding can be developed.  However, many books could be used in similar ways to support historical learning...

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