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History is a fantastic subject to study and we aim at Aysgarth to enthuse and inspire the pupils to really enjoy and learn from this important subject. We are of course driven by the Common Entrance Board but this is based around the Key Stages of the National Curriculum. In the first and second years we follow the National Curriculum, Key Stage 2 closely but then we start the C.E. syllabus in the Third Form and we follow a chronological order of events from 1066 through to 1900.

We aim to nurture a natural curiosity which all children have and feed their thirst for more and show an enthusiasm for the people or events they have studied and develop an appreciation of their difficulties and characteristics.

We provide a variety of teaching and learning methods that allow pupils of all abilities to engage with the subject and to make good progress, providing them with the skills to reach their full potential.

The skills of writing discursive and analytical essays are a crucial part in the study of History, particularly at GCSE and A level. Equally important is the ability of pupils to comprehend, analyse and judge historical sources. The Common Entrance History examination has been reformed to encourage candidates’ development in these key areas. As a school we prepare our boys to meet these requirements so that whichever school they move on to they are well equipped to study at the next level.