St Paul’s Juniors / Academic

What do pupils learn?

The History curriculum at St Paul's Juniors is broadly but not rigidly chronological in its sweep. In the Lower First and Upper First Years (Years 3 and 4), boys learn about ancient civilizations, including Romans and Celts. We also look at the local history of Barnes, and how it developed during the Victorian period. In the Lower and Upper Second Years (Years 5 and 6), we travel from sixth-century Anglo-Saxons to sixteenth-century Mughal India, taking in a thematic unit on Maritime History on the way. The Lower and Upper Third Years (Years 7 and 8) study the origins of our modern world in revolutions on both sides of the Atlantic in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

How do they learn?

History is most meaningful when framed around engaging enquiries, which need not be bound to just one part of the world or one period in time. We ask: what makes someone a national hero? Why do some heresies survive and not others? What kind of memorial would you build to commemorate Britain’s maritime history? Which civilisation was greater – the Mughals or the Tudors? There is a lot going on outside lessons too: we go on regular visits, including to a Civil War battlefield, and there is a weekly History Club in which pupils make presentations to each other about their particular historical passions.

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History Staff Members

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    Simon Motz

  • Photo of Andrea Bartlett

    Andrea Bartlett

  • Photo of Jayne Gordon

    Jayne Gordon

  • Photo of Philippa Kershaw

    Philippa Kershaw