At Westlea Primary School we believe that high quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and enable them to make sense of the world in which they live. When our children leave Westlea they will have the skills to understand the complexities of people’s lives and identify themes and patterns through history as well as linking these to the challenges of their time. We aim to give our children a broad range of experiences such as artefacts, primary sources, trips and visits to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the past. Our curriculum is clearly sequenced to help children develop a secure understanding of chronology and allow children’s prior knowledge to be the starting point as new ideas, concepts and vocabulary are introduced. We give history a local flavour while ensuring that the wider cultural capital that history can support is developed. Development of historical concepts and processes (e.g. cause/consequence, change/continuity, historical significance) is woven into the substantive knowledge of people, places, dates and events to support the effective learning of history and help children to understand how and why the past can be interpreted in different ways. Children will learn to evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views through appropriate and accurate historical enquiry using a range of sources.
Children may find the following websites useful to further their knowledge on a certain area of history or to learn something new.
BBC Bitesize – Key Stage 1
BBC Bitesize – Key Stage 2
Natural History Museum
History for Kids