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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 (religion, monarchy, empire and trade) 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 many school visits which have a history focus as their starting point, for example Butser Ancient Farm and Fishbourne Roman Palace and by special themed days in each Year Group, such as Roman Day, Greek Day, Tudor Day and Evacuee Day as well as many cross curricular links to other subjects.

The history curriculum at Waverley Abbey

Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
  • Stone Age to Iron Age
  • The Romans
  • Anglo Saxons and Vikings
  • A local study: Farnham through time
  • A non-European study: Early Islamic Civilizations 
  • Ancient Greece
  • Britain at War: WW1 and WW2
  • The achievements of the earliest civilizations: Ancient Egypt