At Weddington Primary School our pupils are passionate about history. They are curious about the past and keen to understand why events occurred. During Reception and Key Stage 1, our pupils develop an awareness of the past and the ways in which it is similar to, and different from, the present; they learn about the passing of time and about some key people and events from historical periods.
In Key Stage 2, pupils are encouraged to question why people interpret the past in different ways. Using a thematic approach, for example Anglo Saxons or Vikings, children are able to experience a rich and relevant curriculum. This involves gaining a knowledge of Britain's past, as well as an understanding of our place in the world and of the challenges facing our own time. Through studying the past we hope pupils will gain transferrable skills for the future.
All History themes involve elements of cross curricular work; literacy, numeracy and science, for example, often form a major part of the children’s work. Pupils are given opportunities for ‘hands on’ experiences, visits to other settings and visitors are invited into the school. Research includes the use of tablets, laptops and exploration of core texts. Art activities are also used to enhance children’s learning. Homework projects are set to encourage further application of skills and knowledge at home.
The success of this learning is often shared via ‘sharing Museum days’, or 'Open classrooms' where parents and/or other classes can look at pupils’ work and hear about what the pupils have learned.
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