The History curriculum at St Hilary’s aims to combine pupil’s growth in knowledge about key historical events and figures with the development of important historical skills.

Pupils learn what chronology is, how to compare life in different times, to reflect on how and why particular events happen and the role that significant figures in history have had to play. As they mature, they also learn to consider how historical events have had an impact on today’s world and to investigate how events or people can be represented in different ways.

Pre-Prep (Years 1 and 2) History topics are studied half-termly (alternating with Geography). These are taught through a variety of discussion based and practical activities. Pupils learn to look closely at artefacts to think about what they tell us and to imagine what life would be like in different historical times. Cross-curricular writing and links with subjects such as English and Computing are used as a tool for developing skills and understanding. Parents are invited to assist with visits or to support fieldwork. The children are encouraged to bring in artefacts/items and to discuss visits they may have made with their families.

Prep (Years 3 - 6) Pupils study a wide range of historical periods from Ancient Greece to Baghdad to the Second World War. Work is often based around looking at both primary and secondary sources and by the important role of fieldwork.  Trips to Butser Celtic Farm, the Victorian Schoolroom, the Mary Rose, the National Archives and a day experiencing life in "Dad's Army" all help students to appreciate this fascinating subject. As pupils progress through the school, an emphasis is placed on independent learning and research skills. Lessons are designed by specialist teachers and homework is set in Prep to support and reinforce the work completed in lessons.

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