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Historian @ Pokesdown

Do you know what happened when fire spread rapidly through the streets of London in September 1666? Would you like to have lived in Britain during the Roman Invasion in 55BC? Why was the Ancient Egyptian civilisation so advanced considering it existed over 2,000 years ago?

Our children are historians who have answers to these questions. They are inspired to dig deep into the past asking searching questions and marshalling evidence to make well – informed judgements.

History is a much-loved subject at Pokesdown. From the first days in school, they investigate their own personal histories. They learn about who they are and as they travel through time across their seven years with us, they understand times before history was recorded, the invasion mounted by the Romans and the Vikings, the influence of Alfred the Great and the fascinating histories of the ancient civilisations of Greece, Mexico and Egypt. Post 1066 the Great Fire of London introduces us to Samuel Pepys who kept meticulous diaries of the events, and later the fateful journey of RMS Titanic.

We are determined that our historians become critical observers, intrepid researchers and diligent documenters. Narratives from the long arc of history capture their imaginations and spark a desire to unearth the past.

Where possible, we want children to enjoy and experience the past through first hand engagement with artefacts and primary sources. Curiosity is engendered when children visit New Barn, near Dorchester; enjoy inspecting everyday life at The Roman Baths; recreate Viking life at the Ancient Technology Centre in Cranborne; and spend time exploring and marvelling at the wondrous treasures in the British Museum. Join us as we travel back in time to the streets of London to recreate 4th September 1666 as the fire begins to spread and devour the buildings wildly; voyage to Southampton to collect your ticket and board the mighty Titanic on its ill-fated trip.

Throughout the year, the children delve into a myriad of historical events though involvement in Harvest, Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot, Remembrance day and historical events of the birth of Christ to name a few.

Children really enjoy the stories that history produces and this connects closely with the work on narrative in English where rich fiction can be used to further explore historical ideas a favourite is Letters from the Lighthouse – a captivating story of evacuees living in a lighthouse set in World War Two.

Our overriding aim is to develop historians who have a healthy respect for the nature of evidence, are relentless in their pursuit of knowledge and the truth, and demonstrate strong historical skills, but above all else historians who love history.

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