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At Westbourne, we view History not only as simple facts and dates but 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.


Here is an overview of the History topics covered in each year group:


Early Years: Personal history and significant events


Year 1: Personal history; houses and holidays in the past; famous pirates such as Blackbeard and Anne Bonny


Year 2: Schools and toys in the past; the Great Fire of London; Florence Nightingale and Grace Darling


Year 3: Sutton local history; Ancient Egypt and Vikings


Year 4: The Romans


Year 5: Britain since 1930s and Ancient Greece


Year 6: The Anglo-Saxons; The Victorians; Isle of Wight history project


Here are some useful websites to help you become History detectives and have fun learning about the past:


Check back soon for some examples of children's work and photos of us learning history!