In teaching history, we stimulate curiosity and encourage our pupils to question and to read between the lines. If history is written by the victors, what happened to the vanquished, the losers? What stories might they have told?
Our focus is ensuring that girls gain a coherent overview and understanding of the past in preparation for further study in senior school. We explore the history of Britain chronologically, moving through time as we move up the school, reaching the 20th century by Year 6. We delve into periods across cultures such as Ancient Egypt and the Kingdom of Benin, to broaden our historical horizons. We encourage every girl to question events, to scrutinise sources, to think critically, to consider both sides of an argument and to develop perspective and judgement.
History is a wonderful tool to incorporate philosophy, outdoor learning, drama and many other cross-curricular skills. On any given day, our girls might be found building ancient Egyptian pyramids out of Lego, baking ‘Great Fire of London’ cakes or developing their persuasive writing on the Glorious Revolution.
"We encourage every girl to question events, to scrutinise sources, to think critically"