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Great Missenden Church of England Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust





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.


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
Great Missenden's Poppy Competition!
How did Great Missenden Celebrate Black History Month?

'We All Belong' by Natahlie and Alex Goss read by the staff at Great Missenden School

Here is the story that the Staff of Great Missenden told in celebration of Black History Month!

News and events 

Creating Schools 

Over the last couple of weeks, children in year 3 and 5 have been creating their own schools. The children were inspired by the blueprints which we found in History club and wanted to create their own! The teaches have been blown away by their creativity and would like to share some of the children's work below. 

History Open Afternoon July 2019

It has been an extremely exciting year at Great Missenden School as we have seen the opening of our brand new building. Therefore, 2019 is a year that will inevitably go down in the schools rich history. Since Christmas, the History club have been looking through old boxes, preparing and archiving documents all related to the building works that have gone on through the years. On July 4th, the club had the fantastic opportunity to present their findings to parents. The club did an amazing job, speaking loudly and clearly and really blowing the audience away with their deep understanding of when the school was founded. There was then an opportunity for the guests to walk around the school to watch classes in action who were all doing a history activity with their teachers.