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.

Bringing History to Life

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 reenactments, model-making and heated debates to name but a few! 

Topics and Trips

Between Years 3–8 we study an interesting and exciting range of topic areas. These include: Children in the Second World War and Pirates in Year 3, Romans, Saxons and Vikings in Year 4, the Battle of Hastings to the Peasants’ Revolt in Year 5, the Battle of Bosworth to the English Civil Wars in Year 6 and the early modern period in Year 7. In Year 8, we study a course of historical theory and personal interpretation. Our lessons are enhanced by a range of study visits for pupils in all years. We enjoy our visits to Bletchley Park, Cromford Mills, Bosworth and Naseby battlefields, Tamworth Castle, Northampton, Verulamium and Holdenby House.

A Week in Time

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 on a particular subject or time period. We have created a ‘Spratton Hall History Museum’ with exhibits provided by the children and have partied in a 1980s style disco and our legendary breakdancing workshops, as well as creating a ‘Spratton Hall History Trail’ and a ‘Spratton Hall History Café’! The ‘History Week’ for 2022/3 will be a Scottish History Week timed around Burns Night, so get your kilts and sporrans ready!