In the history department we wish to arouse children’s interest in the past and to stimulate their curiosity into finding out more, by means of a diverse range of source materials. Most importantly pupils should be able to identify a variety of reasons why an event occurred, and by the time a pupil is ten years of age they will be able to articulate their personal viewpoints about the past. Throughout the school we strive to develop an understanding of change and continuity; cause and effect; time and historical sequence.
Pupils should understand that history is not an exact science and that the truth may well be open to interpretation by considering a variety of perspectives – political, economic, technological, social and religious. The curriculum is broad and enables pupils to understand the world around them.
In Second Form children are asked to devise a programme for the Roman Amphitheatre and learn about life as a Roman soldier. In the Third Form pupils will learn about Robert the Bruce and visit the site of the Battle of Bannockburn. Then in the summer term we look at Anne Frank’s diary and investigate her secret home by means of a computer programme.
In the Fourth Form pupils study the theme of revolutions and learn about Madame Guillotine during the Reign of Terror in France. In the history department we try to make it as much fun as possible while challenging the pupils so that they can reach their full potential. We cover a very broad syllabus which focuses on Scottish, British, European, and non-European history. In the Fifth and Sixth Form pupils study medieval England in line with the Common Entrance and Scholarship syllabus.