It’s so easy to think that English and maths are the only things that really matter in the primary curriculum mainly because they’re the 2 subjects tested by the government at the end of year 2. But if you’re a parent who’s concerned about a more rounded education ( and I’m sure you are!) then subjects like science, geography and history are just as important.
The great thing is, that helping your child develop a love of history is enjoyable for you too so here are my top tips for doing just that:
5 tips for helping your child with year 1 & 2 history
Tip 1: Use your local area – Encourage your child’s curiosity about the past by talking to them about the history of your local area. Point out old buildings, statues and monuments and visit historical sites.
Tip 2: Make timelines –Create your own timeline by pegging images of events and people onto a string washing line. Add to it throughout the year so that your child sees the order of when things happened in the past.
Tip 3: Find out about your family history – Make sure the older members of your family talk to your child about their experiences of the past. Encourage them to tell stories about their family life and school so that your child can see how things have changed and what things have remained the same.
Tip 4: Visit museums – Take her/him to museums and places of interest so that she/he gets to see and touch a range of artefacts that tell us about the past.
Tip 5: Read historical books – Read books about important people and events from the past instead of always reading fiction. Watch clips on YouTube to really bring history alive.
Do you need to know what people and events to focus on?
Then you need our FREE ‘Who’s who in year 1 and 2 history?’ one-pager. Stick it on the fridge or the wall and stay ahead of the game! This crib sheet contains an image of each person mentioned in the curriculum and a sentence about why they are remembered. To get it, click here.
Want to know more about what teachers expect from your child in year 1 & 2 history? Click here