History

Winston Churchill was once famously quoted as saying, ‘Study History, Study History, Study History.’  This is a sentiment that I wholeheartedly agree with; but how to engage and enthuse now that is where the challenge lies!

The focus is at all times to make the study of History ‘fun’ whilst at the same time helping all the children gain an understanding and awareness of their heritage and how this affects their future.


Our Aims

In the History Department we aim to….

  • Fulfil the requirements of the Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations
  • Enable children to understand how the past was different from the present
  • Understand how people of other times and places may have had different values and attitudes from our own
  • Provide a History curriculum which is broad, balanced, relevant and interesting
  • Develop an awareness of Historical evidence at different periods in time
  • Understand that evidence of the past may be interpreted in different ways
  • Develop a sense of time and chronology
  • Develop an empathy for the past
  • Encourage children to ask questions

Objectives

  • To inspire a love of history;
  • To stimulate curiosity about the way of life of people living in the past;
  • To encourage the use of source material;
  • To develop their knowledge and understanding of chronology;
  • To comprehend the causes and consequences of historical events;
  • To appreciate the differences between ways of life at different times.

Curriculum

The children in the Upper School study the following:

  • The Victorians
  • The Second World War
  • The Medieval Ages
  • The Tudors

Enrichment

  • Upper School History Club – fun hands on, creative activities linked to different eras
  • Military History Club
  • Year 6 – Evacuees Day
  • Year 7 – Tower of London
  • Year 8 – Houses of Parliament

Head of History: Helen Black