History is an important part of the curriculum at Woodside as we often use historic topics to drive learning through a number of subjects, particularly English. Rather than rigidly follow the national curriculum our academy freedom allows us to focus more on local and recent history where we can provide children with first hand experience. We use visits to places such and Coal House Fort, or our local church St Mary's Chadwell, and Ingatestone Hall as starting points for learning. Children find out about London and the Thames, and if we travel into London we use the train and, if possible, the river itself, for transport. We have installed a genuine World War II Anderson Shelter in our grounds so that children can understand how families survived the blitz. We also use drama to teach history with children dressing up and re-enacting events and teachers in role. Our history coordinator is Mrs Burton.