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