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History forms an important part of the curriculum at Wescott. We aim to  teach our children to understand the past so that they can make thoughtful observations and judgements about it. We believe that by learning about the past, the children can better understand the world we live in today and make informed decisions about the future. We use an enquiry-based approach to explore the past and learn about key people and events. The children answer questions such as, What is the lasting legacy of The Great Fire of London? Exploring history in this way inspires children’s curiosity, encourages them to ask key questions and enables them to have a better understanding of the world in which they live and that of the wider world.

History is embedded in our topic-based approach to learning. Sequences of lessons are planned that build on and develop the children’s knowledge and skills. Our curriculum is mapped to enable children to develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They will start to know where the people and events they explore fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life at different times. As they progress, they will demonstrate a growing confidence and accuracy when using historical vocabulary.


Appropriate skills are chosen to best match each unit of knowledge. Opportunities to practise and embed skills are planned for so that they are revisited and consolidated over time. The knowledge and skills that the children will develop throughout each history topic are mapped across each year group and across the school to ensure progression. We use the opportunities that our market town of Wokingham has to offer in terms of its historical buildings, including our own school building which dates from 1906.  We also visit other historical buildings or museums where appropriate. Children’s learning in history is enriched by visits to carefully selected museums or buildings, where workshops and hands-on materials deepen their understanding and knowledge. As a result, our children come to learn that evidence and source material tell us much about the past.

The outcomes from our History curriculum can clearly be seen in the cross -curricular work produced by the children. Our rich History curriculum is also evident in the texts that we have selected for our children to read or listen to, displays in our classrooms and the historical narratives our children recount. Using drama, children develop their ability to ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events.  The opportunity to evaluate and reflect on the learning is planned for regularly to enable the children to see how their understanding is progressing.

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