Students practise their own reconstructions of the past. They find out what life was like and answer historical problems by explaining events, analysing the causes and consequences, successes and failures, evaluating evidence and questioning interpretations. In the process, we hope that while they take History and long afterwards students find the subject as fascinating as we do, whether looking at the experience of an individual or asking the big questions about society, such as why democracy was replaced by dictatorship or in what ways industrialisation brought progress.
Our aim is for students to learn how the subject works as a discipline, how it gives people an understanding of the world, themselves and others, past and present. They learn the importance of posing questions, how to approach different questions and the significance of altering the question. They learn that history has no laws subject to proof and so no final answers, but a seeking after truth that is refined as new evidence emerges and historians revise the previous interpretations.
We run a variety of activities including a Year 10 visit to the Imperial War Museum and a Key Stage 3 photography club.
All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing. Molière, 1622-1673, French playwright
Students are expected to organise their work independently and meet all deadlines. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for planning, drafting and proof reading their work.
In the event students are unable to attend school for reasons such as emergency snow closure, etc., they should pursue activities relevant to their current topic available on the website: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education
Alternatively, if pupils have a note of the login and password, they could work through the relevant activities and games at: www.activehistory.co.uk