Why is History important?
Studying history is vital to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of the past of Britain and the wider world.
• Inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.
• Equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
• Help pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
Enrichment in History
As a department, we believe that history is a hands on subject; we love teaching in class but we help our students make progress by offering a variety of activities that makes them get out and really engage with the past. Being based in London we have a rich variety of experiences available to us. At Key Stage 3 we use a range of museums to support learning, from visitors coming into school to recreate events and provide artefacts for students to handle, through to field trips to places such as the Tower of London, London Dungeons and the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. Our GCSE and A Level cohorts attend lectures and seminars from some of the most eminent historians on the planet.
We have strong links with universities such as UCL and the Institute of Education and this has led to the creation of projects to promote the use of historians in classrooms. Our current Sixth Form students have worked collaboratively with one of our sister schools to engage directly with ‘real historians’ and this has helped them to understand what historians do and to achieve the target of studying history at university themselves. We have developed a number of international trips in the last few years, most notably our trip to Berlin for GCSE and A Level students and for our younger students we have our day trips to France to study the battlefields and events of the First World War.
Most of all, we want our students to engage with the history that exists all around them and develop a full appreciation for the subject we love.