During Keystage 3 all boys learn about the world around them as historians and geographers. History and Geography courses follow the National Curriculum guidelines for Key Stage 3 and, where possible, lessons in school are supported by visits and field work. In Year 8 boys visit the National Railway Museum in York to support their study of the development of Transport and the Victorians. For the last two years Year 9 have learnt about the history and workings of the British Parliament and to support this we have borrowed a box of artefacts from the Houses of Parliament.
In History boys discover facts such as dates and names but also learn to ask questions about their sources and to consider different ways of interpreting these. They assess the influence on today’s world of events and people from as far back as William Conqueror to Nelson Mandela. Geography includes skills such as map reading alongside issues such as our changing planet and environment and knowledge of facts about continents and countries.
At KS4 boys follow the OCR History course at (Entry Level). For this they study the impact of war on Britain during the 20th century and the Vikings then write an assignment on the influence of a person or building from history.
In October 2017 two pupils and members of staff visited World War One Battlefields in France and Belgium as part of a government initiative.
This selection of photos was taken at some of the biggest Commonwealth war graves in Europe and includes visits to trenches at The Somme, joining thousands of people paying their respects at the daily Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate and making clay figures for the 2018 'Coming World Remember Me' exhibition as well as enjoying some down-time!