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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.

We intend to discover more about the local history of Great Missenden as it is an opportunity for the children today to feel a part of the communities surrounding the school over time. Many of us, including the teachers, did not start out in this area, but by learning and becoming immersed in the local history of Great Missenden, the children feel a sense of belonging and respect for our village and the wider community.


At Great Missenden School our intention is to continuously strive for quality teaching and learning of history. There is many opportunities for children to extend their learning in and out of the classroom through enquiry based learning. This is delivered through:

•Topic days 
•School trips in all year groups
•Interactive learning 
•Role play activities and relating to local perspectives and environment
•Cross curricular activities - fiction books, maps, source materials.
•Listening to stories and memories from older people
•Guest speakers in assemblies 
•Exciting resources such as photographs and videos


To truly understand the impact of our History curriculum, you have to come and see us!

To measure the impact, we have clear end points identified using termly assessment statements. Staff are aware of the expectations of all children. We use formative assessment in every History lesson. Using historical language and ensuring how children then use this historical language indicates historical skills as well as knowledge. Cumulative quizzing at the start of every lesson based on their previous learning is an essential way of judging understanding and development in history.  This information collected in each lesson, is used to inform the teacher’s short-term planning and allows the children to revisit their previous learning before moving on to explore new concepts.


 At the start of each topic, each year group organises a ‘hook day’ which inspires the children to want to learn more, whilst providing an expectation of what they will be learning. Within this day, the children complete a cold task for the teacher to assess their prior learning. Before the topic is concluded with a ‘celebration day’ and a hot task to celebrate all of their achievements and learning throughout the topic.  This also allows both the teacher and children to see just what they have learnt by the end of the term; thus the students play an active part in their learning journey, not just receivers of facts.


Every topic in history at Great Missenden allows children to explore the impact of the past through a variety styles, such as: creative lessons, fact gathering lessons and research lessons. Combined together, they give all children an opportunity to develop their knowledge further.


History is a chance for the children to enjoy learning about the past and thinking about what impact that has on our lives and the world around them now. For the pupils of Great Missenden to be HISTORIANS, they have to feel like they can take ownership of history and that’s what we support them to do.


Pupil Voice Impact Analysis

Year 1: "History is all about things like the dinosaurs and world war and other things that have happened in the past."


Year 2: 'I love learning about History, it is so fun and I get to learn all about what has happened in the world.'


Year 3: " In History, I enjoy learning about the past. It is really interesting to find out more about what has impacted us today."


Year 4: "I loved learning about the Victorians, we had a great lesson where we pretended we were Victorian children."


Year 5: " I liked learning about Black History Month because we can reflect on those people who weren’t treated fairly and learn more about the difference they have made."


Year 6: “I find History really interesting. We learn about how different life was in the past."


History at Great Missenden allows children to explore the past to look at the present. They leave ready to explore the impact that has been made on the world around them and how they can strive to make a positive impact for the future.

Honouring Black History at Great Missenden School 2021

A timeline of Britain and the World's History by the staff at Great Missenden School

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.