In our school, the history curriculum enables our children to become critical thinkers about the past, to ask and answer questions through evidence-based enquiries and to understand how learning about the past can help to change the future. We aim to stimulate our children’s curiosity and develop their understanding of the process of change and how it affects the community and the wider world.
At Whitefield we teach the history objectives from The National Curriculum through our Creative Curriculum.
We teach history in an exciting way. We encourage children to reflect upon evidence and question what we have learnt from the past to help our everyday lives. They engage in drama activities and we have many historical visitors to bring the past to life!
If you would like to know more about History in the National Curriculum visit https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
In the Autumn term, children in our Early Years classes have been finding out about themselves and their families in their All About Me topic. They have talked about who is part of their immediate and wider family and celebrated their diversity and similarities. This helps them to understand each other's differences and how they are all special and unique! They have also been learning about significant individuals in their People Who Help Us topic. This helps them to find out and understand the different roles that individuals play in their lives.
In the Autumn term, children in Year 1 have been learning about some of the significant events that are remembered each year. They learnt about Poppy Day and the story of the Gunpowder Plot before Bonfire Night. They looked at toys in the past and toys that children like to play with today. They also studied significant individuals; Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole and also talked about the significant people in their own lives.
In the Autumn term, children thought about where they belonged. This included their families, their school, their community and much more. They studied Nelson in the past, looking at school and shopping in detail, and compared it to nowadays. Year 2 also looked at Learie Constantine, who was a famous sportsman and politician and moved to Nelson from Trinidad a long time ago.
Their second topic was Explorers. The children have found out about Captain Robert Scott and his expeditions to Antarctica and the South Pole, looking at how we know about his adventures using a range of sources.