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History

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

The study of the past teaches us how to interpret and understand the world of today.

Children study the past and examine what happened. We encourage them to ask questions and examine a variety of interpretations.

We then show pupils how to develop their own point of view and express it by means of balanced, evidence-based argument.

Geography, and Religious Education also form part of our Humanities department.

  • "Y5&6 went on a History Trip to visit Portland Castle. We explored the outside of the Tudor fort, seeing how it defended Portland Harbour, and saw how the cannons were positioned." Written by James, Year 6

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  • The school enjoyed a morning learning about dinosaurs, how fossils are made and how to make our own plaster-cast art of a ‘fossil’ design. Y1-8 painted their artwork and listened to Mr Phil Anslow teaching us about the Cretaceous and Jurassic eras, and describing how he sandblasts the template designs.

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  • "...but the thing I remember the most was uncovering the fossils." Elise "...and the massive ammonite in the shop." Eleni

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  • Our Australian pupils, along with Mrs Stanton, delivered a wonderful assembly to all pupils this morning about Anzac day. Today, we remembered The Gallipoli Campaign but also celebrated Australian culture with our Australian pupils.

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  • An inspirational visit to the monastery at Buckfast Abbey in Devon started with a talk with Brother Christopher, who told us of his life and vocation as a monk. Brother Christopher's day started at 5.30am!

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  • "Our visit began with a tour of the Cathedral. Our guide told us why the Cathedral was built, and how. I was interested in the spire, the tallest in the country, and how it was made into an octagon shape". Follow our link to read more extracts from our pupil diaries!

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  • Monday 14th October 2013 is our Battle of Hastings Day. Please come to school dressed as a Norman knight, housecarl or thegn!

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  • To support their learning in the classroom, Years 3 &4 embarked on a History field trip which supports this term’s study subject which is ‘Settlers and Invaders – The Celts and Romans’.

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  • Following on from our study of Ancient Rome last term, this term Year 3&4 will be learning about the Romans as invaders of these lands. This will also give us the opportunity to get to know the Celts, the greatly underrated former occupants of all the countries of these islands.

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