High March School


Humanities History


‘History is an unusual discipline. Its core is hard fact that you cannot get away from and have to learn to master. At the same time, you have to be deductive, perceptive and imaginative in the use of that fact.’

(Dr Christine Carpenter, University of Cambridge in the National Curriculum history document.)

Pupils in Junior House and Year 3 are taught History by their form teacher. The topics currently studied are the Ancient Egyptians and the Ancient Greeks. In Junior House, History is incorporated into topic work in Years 1 and 2 and it is included in Knowledge and Understanding of the World in Nursery and Reception.

The girls in Years 4, 5 and 6 continue their studies using a chronological approach to British history. We begin with pre-Roman and Roman Britain in Year 4, progressing to the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in Year 5, ending with Victorian Britain and The Home Front in World War II in Year 6.

At High March, we believe it is important to complement classroom studies with a variety of educational visits. Past visits have included Verulamium Museum, Highclere Castle, Hampton Court Palace and Hughenden Manor. These trips are always very popular and are thoroughly enjoyed by the girls, as well as forming a valuable part of their historical education.