Moving the Early Learning Goal Posts: History
Ah yes, I’d heard there are new Early Learning Goals. But history isn’t in the EYFS Framework, is it? Not explicitly, no. However, you will likely have been supporting your Early Years team with their understanding the world (UW) area of learning as a precursor to your KS1 and KS2 curriculum area, so it’s important you are aware of the changes. As of September 2021, new Early Learning Goals (ELGs), drawn from the updated 2021 EYFS Framework are in place. The development towards these goals is explored in greater detail in the new non-statutory Development Matters.
OK, but presumably they aren’t that different? Not hugely, no. The new ELGs that connect to history are:
UW: Past and Present
- Talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society
- Know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class
- Understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling
OK, that was easy! Anything else I should be aware of? Yes, just one other thing: the new guidance for EYFS practitioners has removed the ‘exceeding’ categorisation for the EYFS Profile. However, this is for paperwork purposes only – an attempt to reduce the workload of teachers – not a removal of the need to challenge and extend able children. The DfE explains: “Teachers will be expected to continue to identify and stretch more able children.”
In a nutshell… Support Early Years teachers to reflect on and implement historical exploration.
ADDED AUGUST 2021
We summarise the key findings from Ofsted’s history subject research review and list key features of ‘high-quality history education’.
ADDED JUNE 2021
We have scoured the internet using our history antennae to compile a comprehensive list of relevant sites for your perusal.
ADDED JAN 2021
We explore Ofsted’s subject deep dive and include sample questions for subject leaders.
Explore more of our history articles here.
ADDED FEB 2021
We summarise some of the potential silver-linings from lockdown, highlighted in Ofsted’s research on remote learning.
ADDED MARCH 2021
We explore the world of budgets and include some useful tips and links to get your spending on track.
ADDED DEC 2020
We explore quizzes, essays and vocAPPulary exercises as approaches to formative assessment in history.
ADDED OCT 2020
We explore possible options for remote history learning where bubbles and individuals are self-isolating.
UPDATED OCT 2020
While calls for a more diverse curriculum are not new, events this year have brought the issue back sharply into focus. We explore ways to make a meaningful, lasting change to our history curricula, embedding diversity, and actively decolonising the curriculum.
ADDED AUG 2020
With a new academic year on the horizon, we explore keeping history firmly on the timetable and adapting the curriculum and historical experiences to embrace the ‘new normal’.