In our teaching of the History National Curriculum we aim to give the pupils the opportunity to develop an awareness of the past and the ways in which it differs from the present. They are helped to set their studies within a chronological framework and are encouraged to discover the many and varied ways of finding out about the past.
Pupils are taught about the everyday life, work, leisure and culture of men, women and children in the past, including clothes, diet, everyday objects, houses, shops, transport, entertainment, politics and conflict. Pupils are given opportunities to investigate changes in their own lives and those of their family and adults around them, as well as aspects of the way of life of people in Britain in the past, beyond living memory.
They learn about the lives of different kinds of famous men and women, including personalities drawn from British history, such as rulers, saints, artists, engineers, explorers, inventors and pioneers. They are also taught about significant events from the history of Britain, both local and national. Over their three years in the middle school, they look at the following historical periods: the Tudors, the Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, the 1960s, the Middle Ages and the Roman Empire.
Pupils are taken on a variety of educational excursions to enliven and stimulate their learning and they approach their work through a variety of activities, including the use of artefacts, books, videos, the Internet, I.T., art and drama.