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At Westwood, we believe that history lessons should inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians.  We want our children to develop a sense of curiosity about the past and why people have different interpretations of events.  We want our children to begin to think about what evidence is and how it can be used to support ideas about the past.  By focusing on key themes such as conflict and social structures, we encourage children to see how history has changed through the ages and the influences the past has on today's world.  By revisiting these themes over the years, we encourage a deeper understanding and a reflective attitude to their learning.    Where possible, history is brought to life, either by themed days, inviting visitors into the school or visits to the local area. We encourage children to debate, question, discuss and evaluate the things they learn about the past.


National Curriculum Objectives


The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed History – key stages 1 and 2 
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.


A copy of the History curriculum can be found here.


Organisation of History at Westwood


Foundation Stage



Keystage 1



Keystage 2

In years 4 - 6, History is taught as a discrete subject.  Teachers make links to other subject areas where necessary and appropriate - but the focus is given to historical skills and knowledge.  Each year group studies a period of British History that begins at the Stone Age in year 3 and extends chronologically to the present day in year 6.  Each year group also studies an ancient civilisation and the opportunity to look at an area of history that links closely to the local area.  Lessons are carefully crafted around key questions that facilitate discussion or exploration.