At Westbourne, we teach History by developing the children's knowledge and understanding of chronology, key events and important facts, but also by nurturing the historical skills of interpretation and enquiry; we encourage pupils to become detectives who explore the past in an exciting way. History is taught mainly through topics. This gives the children a chance to explore a wide range of sources from which the past may come alive.
History allows our children to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about historical characters and expand their research skills. We teach children to be open minded and enquiring thinkers who understand cause and effect. We want them to understand how people have lived in the past and compare this to modern life. We encourage first hand experiences through handling real artefacts and wherever possible arranging field work visits to relevant sites of historical interest in the region or bringing in specialists for in-school workshops.