At West Hill we aim to provide the pupils with a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s path and that of the local areas and the wider world. Pupils will learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weight evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. History will provide the opportunities for your child to begin to understand the complexities of life, the process of change, diversity of society as well as their own identity.
At West Hill pupils will develop an awareness of the past and gain an understanding of chronology. They will be encouraged to ask and answer a range of questions and use appropriate historical vocabulary. In addition they should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify ways in which it is represented. To ensure that all children cover a range of topics in each of the areas a two year cycle has been designed to take into account our mixed age classes.
The four key areas are:
Key Stage Two pupils will continue to secure knowledge and understanding of British and world history. They will note trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. Pupils will address questions about time, cause, similarities, difference and significance. Primary and secondary resources will be used to support them.
At West Hill the nine main areas of learning have been organised into a two year cycle to accommodate our mixed age classes.
These areas ensure that the children gain an understanding of:
At West Hill we believe that history links with many other areas of the curriculum as well as developing SMSC education. In English the links are clear with class discussions developing the children’s spoken language. The use of other sources of information and through story telling develops reading and writing skills. Undertaking research in history on the internet provides a different source of information and allows pupils to explore a range of presentation styles. By looking at a famous artist in art linked to the history topic being studied providing the children with alternative methods and mediums to explore. Whilst considering the work of famous composers in music also gives further insight into chronology and different societies.