At Hethersett Woodside, our aim is for our children to begin to learn and understand about the past and its influence on life today; to develop a lifelong curiosity about the world around them and to explore how and why the world has evolved over time.
We teach the National Curriculum through an inquiry approach, which offers creative and cross-curricular ways to enhance the children’s learning. We teach chronological understanding and a range and depth of historical knowledge. We begin with our youngest children retelling personal past events in chronological order and learning about changes over time, though to our older children sequencing events studied. We believe in the importance of nurturing the skills of historical inquiry, such as asking and answering questions from sources of information and discussing the reliability of the source. We explore interpretations of history by using a range of sources and discussing the reasons for actions and consequences. Our children find different ways to organise and communicate their learning individually and as part of a team, in a range of ways.
We explore the history of our local area, through studies and visits to Norwich Castle and to Cromer to find out about a local hero. As a school, we mark international events such as Remembrance Day, as well as Royal celebrations. Part of our role as a School of Sanctuary is to celebrate Refugee Week, and to find out about the contributions of refugees to our country.
Our school is committed to promoting respect, equality, and understanding for diversity in all aspects of our teaching.