At Bede's, we want our students to develop a passion for History.
We facilitate this by giving the pupils experiences of life in the past wherever possible, rather than just learning about it in the classroom.
We are fortunate that the school is located within an area which has a rich cultural heritage and we use this as a resource to inform our lessons.
A study of Medieval Realms includes visits to Battle, Bodium and Lewes to explore how and why castles were built, and Canterbury Cathedral helps to inform why Thomas Becket was killed.
A visit to HMS Victory at Portsmouth helps with the understanding of the significance of the Battle of Trafalgar.
The social changes linked to the Industrial Revolution are better understood by staying in Yorkshire and visiting a coal mine and a working mill.
The experience of eating an Ancient Egyptian or Greek meal, or a lunch that might be eaten by a child evacuated from London in 1939, helps to promote an understanding that History is not just about dates and facts but is about understanding how peoples lived in the past.
“ I want my students to question and analyse what they learn, to develop their own ideas about the events studied and think about how the past influences our lives today. ”
Samantha Brown, Head of History and Religios Studies and Year 6 Form Teacher
12 December 2018
To round off their topic for the term, Year 3 spent the day living like Romans. Read all about their adventures here!
8 September 2017
Sam Brown, Head of History reports on recent History lessons, in which Year 7 have been playing detective.
23 June 2017
Head of History Sam Brown reports on the recent Year 7 trip to Hampton Court.
“I believe in developing every aspect of a young person and in helping each individual to develop passions which are personal to them.”
Sam Brown, Head of History and Religious Studies and Year 6 Form Teacher
“I relish working with children at the crucial stage when so many new ideas start popping and fizzing around the classroom. It's an extremely demanding but entirely rewarding way to spend my days!”
Rachel Barrett, Reception Class Teacher
“I believe our students leave the Prep school with a solid foundation in geography which not only enhances their chances of future success in examinations but equips them for life beyond the school gates.”
Adam Brewer, Head of Geography, Eagle Section Leader, Teacher of History and Year 7 Personal Tutor
“My ultimate goal is to nurture pupils so that when they leave Bede’s they are happy and healthy, confident and thoughtful, caring and respectful and - needless to say - creative and ambitious!”
Annie Fuller, Head of Years 3 and 4, Head of PSHE and Falcon Section Leader
“My passion for learning dates from my own primary school teacher! Since that point I have never stopped wanting to learn and to teach, having done so everywhere from Kent to Japan.”
Simon Gisby, Teacher of Science and Physical Education and Year 5 Form Teacher
“I love the push to keep learning, to keep discovering new questions and to help students discover their own questions.”
Miriam McDonell, Year 4 Class Teacher and Teacher of PSHE and History