“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States
The History Department at Crosfields believes that History plays a vital role in allowing children to understand, contribute and improve the world that they live in.
A knowledge of the past allows children to understand why they are as they are and how society has developed locally, nationally and globally.
Children are introduced to a wide range of topics that allow them learn about themselves, their families and their 'past'. They will study our national story and key developments in European and non-European History.
However, History is not only just about ‘what happened’. Though there are good ‘stories’ to be told, our emphasis is not solely on material for factual recall. We aim to encourage the asking of the question ‘why’ and work to develop powers of analysis. We seek to develop the ability to understand complexity, and how factors interact to determine the course of events.
Each half-term, in the Senior School, a Hero of History prize is awarded in each class. This award recognises academic achievement, enthusiasm in lessons, perseverance, improved effort or a passion for the subject. It is a highly cherished prize!
Outside the classroom the History Department offers a range of opportunities for pupils to develop their interest in the subject. History Hobby is well attended and recent topics covered have included the assassination of JFK and the French Revolution. The department also believes that trips are important in developing pupils’ interests and most recently has run trips to Mountfitchet Castle, Botley War Graves Cemetery and Reading Museum, alongside the Year 5 Viking Day. We also invite Guest Speakers to visit and most recently have welcomed Michael Naxton, curator of Victoria Cross collection.