History Detectives

The study of history at St Francis is designed to imbue pupils with a thirst for knowledge and to equip them with the skills required to understand the past. Each pupil should learn to be a detective, seeking out information, forming their own opinions and being able to justify them with reasoned argument. Above all, our aim is to help pupils develop a love and fascinating of the past.

Historic Settings

St Francis School is located within an historic landscape, with the Neolithic henge of Avebury only 10 miles to the north and two powerhouses of the Industrial Revolution, the Kennet and Avon Canal and Brunel’s Great Western Railway, directly astride the school. The curriculum of Years 3 to 6 reflects this chronological framework, beginning with the Stone Age and running through to the end of the Victorian era. Pupils in Years 7 & 8 return to the medieval period to prepare for 13+ ISEB Common Entrance examinations.

Learning Beyond the school gates

We believe that utilising the world outside the classroom is key to bringing the past to life and we have a regular and evolving program of historical visits, with recent trips including Avebury, the Ashmolean Museum and Chedworth Roman Villa.

Year 5 Saxon Experience

Every year, pupils in Year 5 enjoy a history-themed residential trip to Hooke Court in Dorset. They go back in time and become Saxons, learning through experience about the lives and culture of an ancient people.