History pervades every aspect of our lives and cultures. It is present in one form or another in every part of the curriculum.
At Westover Green we believe that a high-quality history education will help all children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past both locally and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, as well as develop perspective and judgment.
In order to provide children with these important skills our History curriculum is based on one that is as practical and as creative as possible. The children are engaged in a variety of “WOW” moments to capture the children’s interest. These "WOW" moments may be in the form of themed days such as our “Egyptian” and “Pirate” days, in school workshops run by Somerset Heritage as well as external visits. In addition to these WOW moments, the children at Westover Green are exposed to a wealth of historical sources in the form of paintings, artefacts, photographs, posters, letters as well as books and the internet.
Through these opportunities, investigations, research and enquiries, children will begin to ask historical questions for themselves and consequently gain skills to clarify their own life choices, attitudes and consider the ways in which the past influences the present and their future.