Before you start reading about the History department how about trying this quiz on battlefields!

  1. There were three battles in England in 1066 involving Harold Godwin.  Harald Hardrada or William, Duke of Normandy. Name the battles.
  2. Which battle on English soil led to the most casualties? Clue: Wars of the Roses.
  3. Who was killed at the Battle of Evesham in 1265?
  4. At which battle did William Wallace defeat the English?
  5. At which battle did Edward I gain his revenge over Wallace?
  6. Where was Henry while his forces defeated the Scots at the Battle of Flodden?
  7. Where did Wat Tyler meet a grisly end?
  8. Where did Henry Tudor defeat Richard III?

By Year 8, pupils will have studied these topics!

Why don’t you e-mail your answers to enquire@taverhamhall.co.uk or just hand them in to our enthusiastic Head of Department.

To enhance the children’s understanding of East Anglia, the following sites are visited in a typical term: –
Norwich Castle, Ely Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral, Cockley Cley and Oxburgh Hall. In addition, Hands On The Past enthrals pupils with a presentation on life during the Blitz. The news links in the side bar on the right provide more information about some of these visits.

Now let’s get down to business!!

A main aim of teaching History at Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall is to ensure that pupils leave the school with a continued interest in this fascinating subject.

Main aims

  • Provide pupils with an experience and knowledge of history that is both valid and stimulating.
  • Enable pupils to gain an understanding of the past, appropriate to their age and ability.
  • Provide pupils with an understanding of chronology.
  • Provide pupils with a knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past.
  • Enable pupils to appreciate that the past is represented and interpreted in different ways and understand how to evaluate these interpretations.
  • Enable pupils to use a range of historical sources, select and record information of use to them, and reach conclusions at the end of their enquiry.
  • Enable pupils to organise and communicate historical information.
  • Prepare pupils for Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations.

Teaching History at Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall

We aim to inspire our pupils to want to question and know more. Wen want them to enter the History room motivated to learn and work, and leave wanting to know more and eager to return!

During their History lessons, pupils will have the opportunity to: –

LISTEN – to presentations from the teacher.

THINK – ask questions, discuss and debate, solve problems, make connections, organise and analyse information, make deductions and reason.

READ – research information from a number of sources and have the chance to enjoy the story of history.

WRITE/ MAKE – record and display their work in a number of forms.

OBSERVE – watch historical reconstructions and TV and film sources.

TAKE PART – be involved in role-play, and visit historical sites and museums.

COLLABORATE – work with others to aid understanding.


  • This is vital if pupils are to fulfil their potential.
  • All pupils will work with appropriate materials and use appropriate sources.
  • Those requiring learning support will be catered for by the provision of individual resources and teaching methods sympathetic to the support required.

Cross- curricular links

In general terms, written projects and reading involve the English department and help to improve ICT skills. Map work and battleground studies link with Geography, and chronology and timelines provide links with Mathematics. Work on the growth of Christianity and the religious schism in the 16th century links with Religious Studies, while model work links with DT. Pictorial work will link with Art, and any study of technical and scientific developments will link with Science. Opportunities for role-play will link with Drama.


History at Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall is popular with pupils, parents and senior schools. Consistently excellent grades achieved in Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations have led to pupils moving onto their chosen senior schools and frequently taking History at GCSE level.

The department

A passionate historian leads the School’s History department. The department consists of a team of enthusiastic teachers who want to enthuse their pupils about history, and give them the knowledge and skills to understand the past.

Future developments

  • Enhancing the History Library.
  • Continuing to develop use of primary sources to enhance learning and stretch more able pupils.
  • Increasing the use of the Internet through the use of interactive whiteboards.
  • Getting out and about as much as possible to make use of excellent local and national sites.
  • Encouraging greater interest in history through a History Club.

Please view the links in the side bar for some of our History news bulletins.