At Westmeads we believe that through the study of humanities, children make sense of their world and enrich their understanding of it. It helps children understand similarities and difference between societies and cultures and the impact of changes on people and places. It also fires curiosity and sparks a sense of belonging to the bigger picture through time and space.
We embed humanities throughout our curriculum and make links to history and geography throughout our topics. Children have a chance to learn about past events and the world in a creative and practical way, from hosting themed topic days to field trips and guest speakers.We embed humanities throughout our curriculum and make links to history and geography throughout our topics. Children have a chance to learn about past events and the world in a creative and practical way, from hosting themed topic days to field trips and guest speakers.
In History we follow a knowledge and skills based curriculum, based on the area in which we live, using our proximity to the Cathedral City of Canterbury to our advantage. Our termly topics are inspired by carefully selected literature, which is then embedded in a cross curricular way. We have made good connections with our local museums and visit them regularly.
History at Westmeads
By following the National Curriculum in History our children develop a Knowledge and understanding of chronology, they recognise that the past can be divided into periods of time.
The children also develop a range and depth of historical knowledge and understanding and develop factual knowledge of events, people and changes in the past.
They have an interpretation of history and can identify with confidence some of the different ways in which the past is represented.
Children at Westmeads develop historical enquiry skills, study evidence, ask questions and solve problems.
As a whole school we took part in a number of Remembrance activities to commemorate those who fought in WW1 and the many wars since. In class, each child made felt poppies which were displayed along the railings outside school. We then all attended a Remembrance assembly where we discussed the relevance of wearing a poppy. Year 2 walked to the Whitstable War Memorial to lay their poppy wreath and visited St Alphege church to look at their fantastic display of white doves where we carried out a 2 minute silence to show our gratitude.
World War II
As part of Year 2's WW2 topic, the children visited the local Whitstable museum to look at artefacts from WW2 as well participate in an evacuation re-enactment day. Parents and carers were invited into school to take part. Firstly, the children waved their grown ups goodbye before leaving to be evacuated. On their safe return they had a Victory party to celebrate the end of the war.