“History is littered with wars which everybody knew would never happen.”
- Enoch Powell
Why Study History?
At the heart of history are stories; stories about how people have lived and died. Since children love a tale, our philosophy is to bring them to life and to enthuse the pupils so that they might enjoy learning, gain a good knowledge and understanding of their subject, and want to enquire further for themselves. Over time they are encouraged to learn not to take everything as gospel, and through this knowledge gain a solid understanding of the more basic historical skills and to develop such skills as evaluating and interpreting historical evidence.
It all starts in Year 3 with the ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece, building on work already covered in our Pre-Prep department. In Year 4 it is hands-on history as we go outdoors to study the Celts and Ancient Britons, making use of the school’s woods and the pupils’ skills learned from Forest School. There is also a residential trip which includes an Iron Age day. Continuing with the Romans in Britain, pupils in Years 5 and 6 spend their time in the Middle Ages with meaty subjects such as the Black Death and the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket.
Early Modern Period
In Years 7 and 8, pupils start the topics which will form the basis of their exams to future schools. This is the Early Modern Period and pupils gain an insight into crucial events such as the break with Rome. History links well with other subjects, and the study of Elizabethan theatre and Victorian England coincide with topics covered in English. Enthusiasm and an increasing ability to question and evaluate are key factors in history at King’s Hall School.