Discovering how our world evolved

History encourages children to not accept things at face value but to question why, and it trains their minds and teaches them how to think and process information. It helps children develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask appropriate questions, and to express their own opinions.

st andrews prep history trip

With hands on learning, it is the aim of the History Department to create an environment which promotes a curiosity about the past. Through the teaching of History we hope to give pupils an appreciation of how today’s world came about.

As pupils progress through the school they will learn the key skills needed to become confident historians as well as the requirements for success in the Common Entrance exams. These include an understanding of chronology, the ability to analyse sources with a critical eye and the capacity to demonstrate empathy for historical characters.

In Year 3 children study the History of St Andrew’s Prep, Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. In Year 4 they move on to study the Romans, Anglo Saxons and the Vikings. In Years 5 and 6 they study Medieval Realms before moving on to study the Tudors and Stuarts in Year 8. Visits to historical sites as well as Drama workshops are promoted within the Department and are linked to topics being covered.