Responsible: Mrs Rachel Kounnas, Mrs Nicola Usher, Miss Rachel Allen
We believe that a well rounded History curriculum will allow children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world (Westwood Primary Curriculum: Knowledge and Understanding of the World). We have carefully designed our History curriculum so that children gain this knowledge as they progress through the school. In addition to this, we recognise the important role that History plays in preparing our children with skills that they can use for life, raising their aspirations, understanding how to be a good and responsible citizen, understanding change and societal development and a context in which to understand themselves and others. This is extremely important for children at Westwood in allowing them access to a much wider world.
Through our History curriculum, we strive to inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past and to know more about the past. Our curriculum provides children with opportunities to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Through the teaching of History, we endeavour to teach children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. We believe that teaching History in this way is important in broadening children's horizons, challenging preconceived ideas and developing life skills in order to prepare them for high school and beyond.
History lessons are underpinned by our History pillars in order to not only provide children with knowledge but also develop historical skills, allowing them to know more and do more, and encourage children to work as historians. History units are planned to ensure that lessons are built upon the key ideas in the History pillars and units always work towards children developing this knowledge and skills.
We intend for our children to have real life experiences and learn about History in an active and creative way and therefore visitors and trips form a fundamental part of our curriculum. Links to Geography and other subject areas are also explored. The planning of learning always begins with the skills and knowledge that needs to be taught in order to build upon prior learning and enrichment opportunities and opportunities to apply learning are carefully designed through the planning process.
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