Why is History important?
History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
Primary history at Westerton enables all children to access and enjoy the story of Britain’s past and begins to introduce them to the history of the wider world.
Children will first develop their understanding of important historical concepts such as change and continuity, cause and consequence, similarity and difference as well as significance, by learning about the things that are familiar to them such as ‘Toys’ and what has happened to them over time.
Upon inspiring their curiosity to know more about the past, they will move on to develop their knowledge of significant individuals and events and their influence on present times. Next, children explore different civilisations in the past including those in ancient times and how these relate to one another.
Year upon year, children will build upon their existing knowledge to allow them to develop a rich historical vocabulary as well as a coherent and secure chronological narrative of Britain.
Through historical enquiry, children learn about the past and gain an understanding of how knowledge is acquired in history through the process of questioning, use of evidence and the skill of critical thinking when exploring interpretations. Over time, children become increasingly independent in drawing their own and evaluating others’ conclusions, considering reliability and context.