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Subject Leader: Mrs L. Mitchell

At Friars we discover the fun in being an historian. This means we become a bit like detectives – using evidence to find out what happened and why. This is not an easy job. We must be able to recognise evidence, decide how useful it is and come to conclusions based on what we have found out.

We do this in lots of ways: By using historical sources; by inviting historians into school; by touching real artefacts; by using the internet to research our topics and by accessing theatre groups to develop our knowledge and understanding. Mostly we learn that history can be fun!

We develop our skills through both key stages: Our programmes of study are:

Key Stage 3

Year 7

The Roman Empire, Medieval Realms, Castles and Cathedrals

Year 8

The Great War, The North American Indians, The Making of the United Kingdom

Year 9

Britain 1750-1900, Women and Children at Work/Slavery, The Second World War

Key Stage 4

In KS4 most pupils will be entered for OCR History (Schools History Project) syllabus. This is a two year course. Areas to be covered are The Plains Indians, Pioneers, Homesteaders and Cowboys, Medicine through the Ages and an externally set task about a famous individual in history.

Experiential Learning

Pupils have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities.

These include:

  • Archery (Medieval Realms)
  • Making Morrison shelters (WW2)
  • Skipping, Hit the Hoop, Puppet making and show (Victorian toys)
  • Making a WW2 ration cake (WW2)
  • Dressing up in period clothes (all topics)
  • Sewing an orange: (Medicine Through Time: Surgery)
  • Ultra violet light investigation (Medicine Through Time: Work of Robert Koch)
  • Indian trail (Indigenous people of North America)
  • Relief Map of Triangular Route of Trade (Slavery)
  • Making Roman Pots/Shoes/Togas/Headwear (The Romans)
  • Making Slave Ships (Slavery)
  • Theatre Visit: Horrible Histories 3D (WW1)- Where possible
  • Visit to Delapre Abbey (Tudors)
  • Visit to Snibston Discovery Park: Transport Through Time (Britain 1750-1900)
  • Visit to Rockingham Castle (Castles and Cathedrals)
  • Evolution of Wellingborough (Wellingborough Museum)

Useful Websites