Latymer Prep School




Our aims in teaching history at Latymer Prep School are that all children will: 

  • Understand that the society in which they live has been shaped by developments in the past. 
  • Learn to study historical evidence, asking questions and solving problems. 
  • Develop the ability to communicate historical knowledge and understanding, orally, visually and in writing using appropriate techniques and vocabulary.
  • Appreciate how and why some aspects of the past are subject to different interpretations.
  • Develop a love of learning history and an inquisitive mind.
  • Learn to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. 

We believe that teaching History in this way is important in broadening children's horizons, challenging preconceived ideas and developing life skills in order to prepare them for Latymer Upper School and beyond.

History is important because it is a body of knowledge central to our understanding of the development of the modern world. The information handling skills developed through the study of history have a wide applicability in everyday life; historical awareness facilitates responsible participation in society.