History in the Early Years is an innovative and accessible guide to helping young children explore the past through their environment, family history and story. This fully revised edition includes guidance on introducing children to the past at the Foundation Stage in school and pre-school settings. Throughout it shows how the requirements of the early years curriculum can be met in innovative ways, and is fully illustrated by case study examples of children's learning and also supported by recent research.
The book will support both new and experienced early years practitioners in developing young children's sense of identity through history. It encourages practitioners to ensure that history is a significant dimension of early years education and will be essential reading for all teachers in the early and primary years.
'History in the Early Years is a timely response to a real need to support curriculum co-ordinators in primary schools. Hilary Cooper has succeeded in the difficult task of writing a text which provides the necessary theoretical underpinning of good practice and sufficient practical help to translate principles into memorable experiences and valuable outcomes…this book rings with a biblical authority on the subject and adds to the stature of this already highly regarded series.' - Times Educational Supplement
'This second book by Hilary Cooper is a pleasure to read … at present it is the most thorough study of History at Key Stage 1. … highly recommended.' - Teaching History
'History in the Early Years… is the most recent text with a thorough overview of research and practical suggestions for teaching all aspects of history to young children.' - Teaching History
Part I: An Introduction to History: the Foundation Stage 1. Understanding Change Over Time 2. Interpretations of the Past 3. Deductions and Inferences from Sources Part II: History During the First Three Years of School 4. Teaching Children to Understand Concepts of Time and Change 5. Interpretations 6. Deductions from Sources Part 3: Organisation, Planning and Assessment 7. Long Term Planning 8. Planning a Unit of Study Part IV: Three Case Studies 9. Case Study 1: 'Toys and Games, Now and Then' 10. Case Study 2: Year 1 - 'Castles'