“Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results.”
History teaching is ‘key question’ and ‘problem solving’ based. It enables pupils to explore their own ideas about events, to understand how different interpretations of the past are possible and how they are constructed.
- To make history a challenging and interesting subject at Ditcham Park School
- To enable students to learn the ideas and content of the periods being studied to the best of their abilities
- To enable students to assess the extent to which people in the past had different ideas, values and motives from people in the present.
- To fit into and contribute to the whole school curriculum.
- To enable students to see the constructed nature of History and its distinction from the past.
- To encourage good academic techniques at all levels.
- To ensure that students are able to handle, use and evaluate historical evidence.
- To introduce students to the methodology of historians, their language and question formulating
History at Ditcham Park School is engaging and stimulating. Famous battles are re-enacted on our playing fields, debates and role play enliven the classroom and pupils turn their hand to making impressively accurate models of World War 1 trenches.
All our Form 3 students have the opportunity to visit First World War trenches during a residential visit to the First World War Battlefield sites at Ypres and the Somme.
During the 3 days pupils visit a variety of trenches and museums including “In Flanders Field” in Ypres.
Our pupils find this fascinating as it contains footage, photos and many life-size models; they were given a name of someone involved in the front line and followed their life story. All this helps them to understand what life was like for a trench soldier in the First World War.
This year our pupils went on to visit the Menin Gate where two of them had the opportunity to lay a wreath.We also visited the Tyne Cot cemeteries as well as a German cemetery all of which they found deeply moving.
A student in Form 3 spoke for the group when she said: “so many lives had been cut short on both sides – millions of young men who today would be safe at college or their first job. We returned home with a much better understanding of the Great War and feeling very grateful for the sacrifice of our young soldiers.”
Such opportunities are wonderfully effective at developing knowledge into understanding.