Boys at Wetherby School are keen explorers of the past; holders of the keys to unlock the treasures of history. Our boys are encouraged to take a journey of discovery through ancient cultures and meet influential individuals that shape the present and influence the future.

Our primary objective is to encourage and foster enjoyment of history from an early age. This is achieved through exposing boys to a range of historical resources (primary and secondary) including trips, internet resources, books, sound and visual resources and speakers. We develop the boys’ thinking skills, encouraging them to question, explain and describe their knowledge and understanding. We equip boys to be able to make decisions based on evidence and to record and communicate their historical knowledge in a variety of ways, comparing and contrasting the past with the present.

History throughout Key Stages 1 and 2 is organised with the objective of extending the boys’ natural curiosity through research, questioning and the application of their knowledge in mind. Specifically, the boys are assessed on their:

  • Chronological understanding
  • Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes  in the past
  • Historical interpretation
  • Historical enquiry
  • Organisation and communication

An integrated, cross curricular approach is very highly regarded at Wetherby School, and we aim to ensure that boys have an understanding of the connections between history and other disciplines. Topics throughout each term are closely linked with a number of subjects, in particular creative writing and comprehension, art and computing. Within these topics, boys will investigate the people, places and events that make up the stories of the past.