At the Preparatory School pupils learn a wide range of historical topics, ranging from ancient civilisations such as the Egyptians or the Greeks right through the span of time up to the Second World War, with a major emphasis, naturally, on British History.
In the earlier years at KS1 and KS2, the teaching focuses on how children lived during the period under study. Pupils are given opportunities to be creative and practical in how they learn. Stories, role-playing, making and research work feature throughout these years, as well as in later years too.
For most year groups the Department aims to provide a field visit to enhance pupil learning and understanding. In Year 5 pupils have the opportunity of staying away for two nights in York, to experience how the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings lived, worked and fought.
At KS3 level, pupils begin to build on their literacy skills in a big way by undertaking analytical essays and evaluating source material.
In Years 7 pupils study the Medieval Period of British History from 1066 through to 1485, especially considering the Norman Conquest of Britain. Whilst in Year 8, during the World War One Centenary, pupils have in the Autumn Term, been studying and carrying out a project researching and writing about Old Wycliffians who have fought and died in this war. Through this they develop the skills of researching and analysing evidence, alongside writing a historical narrative based upon their findings. They follow this project studying the Tudors and Stuart period of history and preparing themselves for the Wycliffe Examination in the Summer Term.