Studying the Past Helps Shape the Future

Educating pupils about the past equips them with valuable skill-sets for the future.

The aim of our History Department is to make the subject academically rigorous at all levels, while also enabling the pupils to enjoy the thrill and excitement of the subject. Everyone loves a good story and history is packed full of fascinating tales!

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 and the new demands on learners’ skills in a forever-changing 21st century world.

Training young minds, processing information and finding evidence

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 children 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 pupils.

History helps children to develop the social, moral, spiritual and cultural skills needed in the modern world to look beyond the headlines, to be wary of ‘fake news’, to ask questions properly and to have the confidence to express their own opinion whilst respecting other people’s views. It helps them to understand the origins of modern political/social problems and to appreciate that people in the past were not just ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but motivated in complex and inconsistent ways, just like us.

The study of History has never been more relevant in today’s complex world and it plays a crucial role in equipping tomorrow’s citizens with the life skills they will need to contribute positively to society.

To enhance the children’s understanding sites are visited, topic specific workshops provided and where appropriate competitions entered.  On-site History events are another popular way of bringing History to life covering topics and themes from medieval realms to D-day

History at Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall seeks to ensure that pupils leave the School with a continued interest in this fascinating subject.