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History in the EYFS

The EYFS framework is structured very differently to the National Curriculum as it is organised across seven  areas of learning rather than subject areas. 

This demonstrates which statements from the 2020 Development Matters are prerequisite skills for  history within the national curriculum. Below, outlines the most relevant statements taken from the  Early Learning Goals in the EYFS statutory framework and the Development Matters age ranges for Three and  Four-Year-Olds and Reception to match the programme of study for history. 


The most relevant statements for history are taken from the Understanding the World’ area of learning:




History within the EYFS

Three and


Understanding the World

• Begin to make sense of their own life-story and 

family’s history.



Understanding the World

• Comment on images of familiar situations in the past. • Compare and contrast characters from stories, including  figures from the past.



Understanding  the World

Past and 


• Talk about the lives of 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.