There is no doubt that Moreton Hall is the perfect place to study History. The main building of the school was designed in 1773 by Robert Adam and retains many original features. Pupils are encouraged to appreciate their heritage and culture in order that it may be preserved for the future.
We teach History from the Pre-Prep through to Form VIII. Up to Form V, we follow the National Curriculum programme of study including topics such as the Ancient Egyptians, World War Two, the Aztecs, Victorians and the Tudors and from Form VI through Form VIII pupils study the Common Entrance programme of British History from 1066 to 1901AD, including project work on the Transatlantic slave trade.
We firmly believe that History is an essential part of the curriculum and should be studied in it’s own right. It gives us a sense of identity, set within our social, political, cultural and economic relationships. History fires the children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the world. It plays an essential part in preparing us for living and working in the contemporary world. For, while History is about real people who lived in the past, its fundamental concern is the understanding of human conditions, set in the context of time. Such understanding comes from the study of life in the past, of thought, beliefs, emotions and actions, as people related to each other and their environment and as they encountered and solved problems.
History studies are not confined to the classroom. Our pupils experience the past through a variety of trips, visits and History Days at school. Close by are the many museums in Cambridge including the Fitzwilliam, the Sedgwick and the Museums of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Visiting speakers and first hand experiences of personal memoirs bring the subject alive. Recent visits include a Year Four trip to the Tower of London, a residential trip to York, a year Five visit to Gressenhall Workhouse and Hedingham Castle.
As our children see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals, what they learn can influence their own decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.
In History, our children find evidence, consider it and reach their own conclusions. To do this, they need to research, sift through evidence and argue their point of view-skills that are prized in adult life.