The aim of our private school history curriculum is to make history academically rigorous at all levels, while also enabling the boys to enjoy the thrill and excitement of the subject. Everyone loves a good story and history is packed full of fascinating stories.
Our teaching methods use the best of both traditional and modern approaches and we keep our teaching style varied in order to take account of different learning styles.
Besides the sheer enjoyment of learning about dramatic events and stories, studying history helps you train your mind and teaches you how to process information sensibly.
It challenges boys of all abilities to ask and answer important questions, find evidence, assess its relevance and reach conclusions. Historians, even young ones, need to be questioning detectives who, when faced with any kind of evidence, want to know why it was produced, who generated it and what message they were wanting to put across. Bias and propaganda have always existed and we foster a sense of awareness of this in our boys.
History helps the boys to develop the skills in the modern world to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions properly and to have the confidence to express their own opinion.
Our private school history curriculum helps boys to understand the origins of modern political and social problems, as well as help them to appreciate that people in the past were not just 'good' or 'bad', but motivated in complex and inconsistent ways, just like us.