Our Approach to History
Children are naturally interested in the world around them and its past; the study of history makes a valuable contribution to their understanding of all aspects of life, giving a sense of identity and heritage. At Whitegate School we are passionate about history, and value it not only in its own right but also for its cross-curricular links. Through exciting topics and themes, we endeavour to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and help them gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of not only Britain’s past, but that of the wider world. We also strive to make history 'come alive' through regular trips and residential visits to places of historical interest.
At Whitegate, pupils are encouraged to:
- be interested and observant about the historical and social aspects of their local environment, British and World history;
- develop chronological awareness when studying significant events and people;
- compare and contrast the past with the present;
- ask questions, form hypotheses, have opinions and develop their own point of view;
- collect and record evidence from a variety of sources;
- respect the values and cultures of people represented in the past and present;
- develop skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation;
- work individually and co-operatively, listening to and valuing the opinion of others.