History at JAPS aims to foster enthusiasm, interest and discussion about the subject and to develop the children's historical awareness. We believe that learning from the past encourages the girls to participate in our multi-cultural society as responsible citizens.
History is taught chronologically, encouraging the girls' understanding of the sweep of time. In Year 3 and 4 the children learn through the ‘story of history' personalities, events, myths and legends. In year 5 and 6 we work on developing the skills of questioning, research, and analysing evidence in a logical manner. These are all things which encourage the girls to look at the world around them with sensitive interest. By Year 6, the girls are able to carry out independent research for their own World War II projects, using a range of primary and secondary sources and often dovetailing their own family history into the story they tell.
We make full use of our wonderful library, our DVDs, and our colourful and varied collection of artefacts. In the classroom, we enjoy bringing the past alive with vibrant re-enactments, perhaps most notably by Year 4 when the girls don their togas and enjoy a Roman feast together. Additionally, we have many school trips throughout the year and several theatre companies bring historical productions and workshops to us, here at JAPS.