History is so much more than a list of names and dates learnt by heart

At Westbourne, our historians are encouraged at all stages to have an inquiry-based approach to the topics they study. Pupils are taught to challenge interpretations of events they are presented with and they are taught a range of topics from all over the world, looking at everything from Ancient History right up to the 21st Century, a constant reminder that history is what happened yesterday as well as in the distant past.

The children are given access to a huge range of history, from the Ancient Egyptians right up to the 1980s and beyond. Lower down the school, history is taught in a topical setting, meaning the children can engage in their history on a cross-curricular basis. Across the year groups we give children the opportunity to visit sites of historical significance. We encourage visitors to come into the school and talk about their experiences of events in the past. On top of this, we host an historical day once a year which involves dressing up, role play as well as a host of historically accurate games and activities. The local history topic covered in Year 6 allows the children to understand the historical events on a personal level by giving them the opportunity to research their family history during the time of the Sheffield Flood.

Although lessons are taught in mixed ability groups, we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. All in all, the children are given the opportunity to develop an awareness of the past in ways which are different to the present.

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