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Great Missenden

Church Of England Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust



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History is the study of past and present civilisations and people. At Great Missenden, we believe that the children should develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on historical heritage. History at Great Missenden is concerned with stimulating the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past and are living in the present. Within Great Missenden School, history plays an important part of teaching the children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach the children to investigate these past events and, by so doing, develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem solving.

What does History look like at Great Missenden School?


At Great Missenden School our intention is to provide quality teaching and learning of history. There is a variety of opportunities for children to extend their learning both in and out of the classroom through:


  • Project based learning
  • Topic days 
  • School trips in all year groups
  • Interactive learning 
  • Role play activities 
  • Cross curricular activities 
  • Listening to stories and memories from older people
  • Guest speakers in assemblies 
  • Exciting resources such as photographs and videos


News and events 

History club has started!

Twelve extremely lucky children have been tasked with a very special project this term. These children, once a week will be journeying back in Great Missenden Schools fascinating past to uncover some of its secrets. This week, the children sorted through some artifacts and discussed the ways they can display all their wonderful findings. We looked through old maps, letters from architects, building plans and accounts from people who went to the school. We even found an old photo of Mr Tang when he attended the school! Everybody is very excited about the project. 

World War One - Women's Rights Movement

Year 6 explored what life was like for Victorian women before the Women's Rights Movement began.  We looked at sources describing women in the Victorian era, and investigated what it was like to wear a Crinoline skirt for an hour over lunch time.

The review was that it was impractical, difficult to move in, impossible to run in, and generally a pain to wear!  Needless to say, it did not survive lunch time.

Remembrance Week 5th- 9th October 2018

Year 6 had a week full of activities to think about the importance of Remembrance to link with their topic.  Activities included:

  • 6S Class Assembly on Remembrance, telling the story of the armistice in 1918
  • Visit from Quantum Theatre, who performed their performance of Your Country Needs You, an amazing two person production focussed on the start of World War One and "Pals Battalions"      (A big thank you to the PTA, who supported us with this visit)
  • Visit from Colin Doyle from the Royal British Legion, where the children learnt more about the Royal British Legion's work, and made their own poppies.
  • The whole Year attended a reflective service at the Church, were they shared their own poetry and took part in a minute silence of remembrance.

We are really proud of all the Year 6s for their work during this week and their reflections and thoughts on this important topic.

Viking Day


On 31st October Year 6 celebrated a Viking day to finish off our Autumn 1 topic of the Vikings. This topic led on well from the Year 5 Summer topic of the Anglo Saxons.  All the children came to school dressed up in their best Viking attire and their day was filled with lots of fun and creative activities. They played raid and loot the monastery, cooked Viking bread and flapjacks (that were then served at the exhibition), learnt how to cross stitch using Binka and created Viking dances. 

Tuesday 16th October - Year 3 Victorian Lesson Experience

All the children in year 3 had an extremely exciting lesson when they experienced what it would be like to be a Victorian school child for the day. Mr Sperring, Mr Austin and Miss Harris all dressed up and played the role of a Victorian teacher. The children had to recite their times tables, learn Victorian spellings and recite the commandments. All of year 3 then went out onto the playground to complete ‘drill’.

Victorian Experience

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