Welcome to King’s College School, Cambridge History Department
The History scheme of work at King’s College School, Cambridge aims not only to teach children about past events but also seeks to develop the processes and skills by which children can evaluate major events and developments of the past and present. At King’s the study of history is not seen as merely the acquisition of information, but also as a subject crucial to the development of the individual pupil's self-knowledge and analytical skills. The department aims to bring history alive, making it relevant to today’s world.
Students at King’s have the opportunity to engage in research, evaluate arguments and develop presentational skills. History at King’s is not a subject confined to the four walls of a classroom; we want our pupils to experience the past by reliving it in trips, activity days and roleplay. For 25 years there has been an annual History Holiday. The Easter trip to Barcelona with 27 students was highly successful.
The History department resources (Years 5 - 8) are located in the Head of History's classroom. There is a departmental library of over 1,000 books, a comprehensive selection of worksheets and videos, and growing collections of CDs, DVDs and artefacts. Many major topics have Power Point presentations, and Boardworks and other software is frequently used on the smartboard.
Year 7 Visit to Kentwell Hall
The junior classes and pre-prep also have their own resources in the above categories. Lessons here are taught in their own classrooms. Two Year 4 classes are taught by the Head of Junior department, and other junior classes by their own Form Tutors.
In year 3 studies concentrate on Britain since 1930 and Ancient Egypt. In Year 4 Ancient Greece and the invasions of the Romans and Saxons are covered. In year 5, the focus is on exploration, naval history and local History.
Year 6 covers the Middle Ages, Year 7 The Tudors and Stuarts. and Year 8 more the early modern period of history (1660-1815), while preparing for exams.
Robert Henderson Jan 2012