We are passionate about History at Woodford Valley and seek to nurture historical curiosity, and an appreciation of our rich and colourful past. Our community is steeped in heritage, with the Stonehenge World Heritage site at one end and the medieval city of Salisbury at the other. Nearer still is Wilton, an ancient capital of Wessex. We enjoy working with local archaeologists and historians, and are keen to find out about our ancestors. We also intend to develop children’s understanding and respect of world history, with class-based topics such as the Caribbean and Slavery. Our academy status, allows our studies to be innovative and imaginative, inspired by the expertise on our doorstep.
We follow a creative programme, interspersed with special whole school themes, such as: ‘Who do you think you are?’- a family history project, ‘2000 Years’ in connection with the Olympic Games, and ‘What’s Under Your School?’ with archaeologist Julian Richards. We took part in the Magna Carta celebrations in 2015, and through ‘100 Years Ago’ marked the momentous anniversary of the First World War. In 2019 we implemented History with a school wide mini museum project.
At Woodford Valley we bring the past to life through workshops and many visits to places of relevant and historical interest. Historical enquiry skills are extended through examination of context and perspective, and the evaluation of different evidence sources. Children consider social, cultural, economic and other factors which have impacted on past civilisations, empires, places and peoples inspiring hope and wisdom through enquiry.