Preparatory School for Girls


History is taught as an independent subject from Year 1 and usually by a subject specialist from Year 3.

At Halstead emphasis is placed on the interpretation of evidence including physical, written, oral and visual sources. The History Department has a variety of artefacts which the girls examine using archaeological skills of interpretation for their Stone-Age, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Egyptian and Greek topics. As the girls move up the school, they apply critical thinking skills to analyse bias in written and visual sources such as letters and paintings.

Girls are encouraged to make judgments about the past in a variety of exciting ways through stimulating discussions and debates. For example, Year 6 girls debate the most influential causes of World War 2. In Year 4, they consider whether King Henry VIII was a great or influential king. In Year 3, they debate whether Boudicca should have fought against the Romans.

Girls are given many opportunities to visit historical sites. These have included; Hampton Court Palace, the Roman Palace in Fishbourne, Butser Farm in Hampshire, the museum of Village and Rural Life in Farnham and Eton College. They also enjoy participating in workshops organised by a professional company which is specific to their topic.