Wellow School is steeped in history. Our school was built in 1875 by the family of Florence Nightingale and we are proud of this historic link. School photographs from years past provide insight to the many changes the school has seen and log books dating back to when the doors first opened provide humorous stories of life at the school from long ago. Today, our children regularly visit the local church where Florence is buried, walking the route that Florence herself would have walked and learning about Florence’s connections to the local area as part of our rich history curriculum.
History plays a vital part in our curriculum. At Wellow, we endeavour to ensure that children:
- Gain a coherent knowledge of Britain’s past and that of the wider world
- Are inspired to know more about the past
- Are equipped to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement
- Understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
Hampshire promote the importance of teaching history through enquiry and, at Wellow School, we employ the Hampshire ‘Six Step’ model in our enquiry led history curriculum. Teachers ensure that children are engaged in history though challenging enquiries that require the children to develop the use of their thinking skills to extend their own knowledge and understanding. Their ability to investigate, consider, reflect and review events of the past will enable them to develop a detailed understanding. The children are encouraged to use their understanding of change and continuity, similarity and difference, cause and effect, chronology and significance to interpret events and developments. They will ask and answer challenging historical questions that make links between events, developments, people and periods in the past.
The children will be exposed to a wide range of historical sources and artefacts when using their skills of research, analysis and evaluation and will strive to use historical terms accurately in their communication of ideas and judgements.
Although History is taught discreetly, the children will select and apply their knowledge and skills from other subjects to draw conclusions and communicate their findings.
Through history lessons, we aim to challenge, motivate and involve all learners. Teachers encourage the children to develop a growth mindset, accepting that they may not have all the answers but determinedly strive to draw their own conclusions.
Wellow School offers a range of rich historical experiences, visits and visitors to evoke the children’s interest, creating memories and positive attitudes towards the subject. Through involvement in anniversaries and commemorations, the children will grow a sense of social responsibility, respect for diversity and a willingness to engage with local and current issues. Through a rich history curriculum, the children will feel prepared and be well equipped for a successful future in history.