Moving the Early Learning Goal Posts: History

Sep 16, 2021

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.

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