The History Department at Spratton Hall aims to provide a stimulating environment in which our pupils are encouraged to adopt a lively and questioning approach to their studies. We want our pupils to enjoy their History lessons and develop a love for the subject that stays with them throughout their time at the school and beyond. The course is both varied and enjoyable: instilling a sense of empathy for characters from historical events, enhanced by workshops and off-site visits; and giving pupils opportunities to carry out their own research. We believe that History is so much more than, ‘telling the story’. Our pupils develop the full range of historical skills needed to excel at CE and beyond. They become confident thinkers, who can evaluate sources and artefacts, ask intelligent questions and make considered judgements based on evidence.
Our aim is for our children to enjoy their History lessons and we plan the most engaging, exciting and active lessons that we can – using replica artefacts and archaeology, interactive whiteboard technology, role-play, group-challenges, battle re-enactments, model-making and heated debates to name but a few! Photographs from some of our lessons can be seen by following the link to ‘Love History’ below.
Between Years 3–8 we study an interesting and exciting range of topic areas. These include: the Victorians, Children in the Second World War, the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks, the Tudors, Britain’s Invaders and Settlers and Medieval Realms. Our lessons are enhanced by a range of study visits for pupils in all years. We enjoy our visits to Kenilworth Castle, Bosworth Battlefield, Verulamium, the Black Country Museum, Holdenby House and Stratford-upon-Avon.
We also enjoy celebrating our love of the subject in our ‘History Weeks’ when we welcome expert visitors to the school and organise a range of exciting activities – such as our ‘Spratton Hall History Trail’ and our ‘Spratton Hall History Café’. We have created a ‘Spratton Hall History Museum’ with exhibits provided by the children and have partied in a 1980’s style disco and our legendary breakdancing workshops. The ‘History Week’ link below gives a small flavour of ‘History Weeks’ we have held in the past.