The historian, Barbara Tuchman, once referred to the past as a ‘Distant Mirror’ in which we can see the present more clearly. If we want to know how and why our world is the way it is today, we have to look to history for answers. It is an often quoted cliché that “history repeats itself,” but what an in-depth study of the past has shown is that this is only ever partially true for human beings also have the capacity to learn from past mistakes (even if only to make new ones) and if our pupils study the successes and failures of the past, they, ideally, become able to learn from those mistakes and become contributing members of a society that manages to avoid repeating them in the future.
Similarly, studying history can provide us with insight into our cultures of origin as well as cultures with which we might be less familiar, thereby increasing cross-cultural awareness and understanding.
In Years 5 and 6 the children undertake six study units across two years: Greeks, Saxons, Egyptians, Victorians, Vikings and a local study. Cross-curricular links with other subjects are made on a regular basis.
In Year 7 the children study the medieval world and some aspects of World War I.
In Year 8, they study Tudors and Stuarts through portraits, power and propaganda, plus the Suffragettes, the making of the UK and the slave trade.
Visits to historical sites and/or visiting speakers to the school enrich the study units in each year group. They help the children to bring history ‘alive’ and understand the world in which they live.
It is expected that homework set should take no longer
than 20 minutes (Years 5 & 6) or 30 minutes (Years 7&8)
to complete. In addition to the tasks set out by the
timetable, we request that children read or are read to
daily for 15 minutes.