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All things are possible for one who believes – Mark 9:23


All things are possible for one who believes – Mark 9:23

At Waverley Abbey we aim to develop world aware historians who are able to understand and appreciate a wide variety of historical time periods and cultures from different viewpoints. We aim to equip children with the skills and tools to enable them to delve into historical times in creative and immersive lessons. We encourage the children to think reflectively and critically to examine sources of information. A Waverley Abbey historian will be taught to celebrate history’s achievements and to learn from the past.

Curriculum Intent:

: At Waverley Abbey, our pupils will become historians with a strong, chronological understanding of Britain’s history, within a global context. Pupils will explore the history of Farnham and its surrounding towns and will be able to explain how Farnham developed from the Roman occupation of Britain, through to the industrial revolution and beyond. We want to ensure that our pupils are exposed to a variety of cultures so that they can fully appreciate the richly diverse history of Britain. They will also be given opportunities to consider questions of social justice and inequality within the U.K and around the world.  They will investigate and evaluate a range of primary and secondary source material and will be able to use these as evidence to form their own arguments for historical debates. Our pupils will understand that interpretations of historical events can differ and that historians sometimes change their views when new evidence is discovered. Each year, pupils will build upon the historical skills of enquiry and will be encouraged to make connections between the key concepts (monarchy, empire, tax, trade, church, religion, parliament and civilisation) in each area of historical study. Pupils will leave Waverley Abbey as confident historians, equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to become well-rounded, educated citizens.

Pupils' understanding and enthusiasm for History is further enriched by our history-focused school visits, including Butser Ancient Farm and Farnham Castle, as well as by our special themed days, such as Anglo-Saxon Day and Evacuee Day.

The History curriculum at Waverley Abbey (write as enquiry questions)

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

1. How did Britain change from the Stone Age to the Iron Age?

2. What impact did the Roman Empire have on Britain?

1. Was the Anglo-Saxon period a ‘Dark-Age’?

2. Raiders or Settlers: How should we remember the Vikings?

3. The History of Farnham: How has our local area developed over time?

1. What was life like in Ancient Egypt?

2. How did the Early Islamic Civilisation compare to Early British Civilisations?

1. Who were the Ancient Greeks and what is their legacy?

2. Britain at War: What was life like on the Home Front 1939-45?

Our ‘Golden Words’ (Key concepts)

Our Waverley Abbey timeline