History

We bring this amazing subject to life, encouraging a passion for History that stays with children forever. We achieve this by combining fun with facts - and through inspirational teaching.

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We expect high standards of academic achievement and have achieved superb results in the National Prep School History competition and Townsend Warner History Prize, and excellent Common Entrance and Scholarship results. Over the last three years 72% of children have scored A and B grades at Common Entrance. We aim to:

  • Broaden pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the subject. This includes discovering more about historic people and famous events which enables them to make a sense of their own background and how the past and present are intertwined
  • Prepare pupils for the challenges of external examinations including Common Entrance and Scholarship papers to a variety of senior schools
  • Broaden pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the subject. This includes discovering more about historic people and famous events which enables them to make a sense of their own background and how the past and present are intertwined

Interactive experiences through technology, role-playing and class discussions enhance the children’s skills, while in our 100 acres of grounds the Battles of Hastings on horseback, Agincourt in an idyllic glade and Trafalgar on the lake are highlights of the year. Independent learning is vital to the success of any historian and in Year 7 the children produce a variety of creative assignments, from medieval banquets to hand-woven Bayeux Tapestries. We hold Tudor and Victorian Days for Years 4 and 5 and are visited by a Roman centurion, while trips include HMS Victory, the Mary Rose and Butser Iron Age Farm.

History Assessment

Children are assessed throughout the year, with their progress carefully monitored. Regular tests are scheduled with half-yearly assessments for Years 3, 4 and 5 and more formal exams for Years 6, 7 and 8. All children in the Prep school take an end of year exam.

History Curriculum and Teaching

  • Reception, Years 1 and 2: History is taught as a termly topic for an hour a week.
  • Years 3 and 4: a single lesson of 50 minutes.
  • Years 5 and 6: two lessons a week.
  • Years 7 and 8: two lessons a week with 30-minute prep.

History Department Staff

Mike Stanley Head of Department
Years 7, 8
David Whately-Smith Years 5, 6
Gail Nicholls Year 4
Jo Foster Year 4
Beth Cox Year 3
Heidi Pedlar Year 3