History is taught as a ‘hands-on’ subject where girls are given the opportunity to observe and experience objects from the past.
Great emphasis is placed on the interpretation of evidence including physical, written, oral and visual sources. The History Department has a variety of artefacts which the girls examine using archaeological skills of interpretation for their Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Egyptian and Greek topics. In Years 4 and 6 the girls apply critical thinking skills to analyse bias in written and visual sources such as letters and paintings.
Girls have two lessons of History per week from Years 1 to 6. History is taught as an independent subject from Year 1 and usually by a subject specialist from Year 3.
Girls are encouraged to make judgments about the past in a variety of exciting ways through stimulating discussions and debates. For example Year 6 girls debate whether the Suffragette movement succeeded in securing votes for women or whether it was the impact of World War 1 which changed the hearts and minds of the men in power. In Year 4, they consider whether King Henry VIII was a great or influential king.
Girls are given many opportunities to go out to historical places. These have included Hampton Court Palace, the D-Day Museum, the Roman Palace in Fishbourne and the British Museum. As outdoor education plays a key part in history the department always looks for new places and opportunities to enhance their learning.