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Over 640 Number of pupils who currently study at Newton Preparatory School 1991 The year that Newton Prep opened
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Over 640 Number of pupils who currently study at Newton Preparatory School 1991 The year that Newton Prep opened
Promoting responsible behaviour and respect for others in a happy, safe and caring environment.
Newton Preparatory School Mission Statement

History teaching at Newton attempts to foster interest, enthusiasm and discussion about the subject amongst the pupils. It is taught throughout the school from Year 1 to Year 8.  In Years 1 and 2 the subject is generally taught within the context of topic teaching. We cover topics such as the Victorian, The Great Fire of London and The Tudors.

From Years 3 to 5, the children have two forty minute lessons of history per week. In Years 6 7 and 8 the children have three forty minute lessons. They are taught by history specialists. The first topic covered in Year 3 is ‘Ancient Egypt' and is followed by ‘The Tudors'.  The first topic covered in Year 4 is ‘Ancient Greece' and is followed by ‘Celts and Romans'. Years 5-8 follow the cavalcade of British history through Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, Medieval Times and then Tudors and Stuarts for Common Entrance at 13 +. In Years 7 and 8 we pursue the course of study for the Common Entrance exam, covering ‘The Making of Modern Britain: 1500-1750'.

In Key Stages 2 and 3 the subject is taught chronologically, encouraging the pupils' understanding of the sweep of time. In early Key stage 2 the children learn more through the ‘story of history'; personalities, events, myths, legends, and in Key Stage 3 analysis of sources and essay writing come more to the fore.

Assessment is ongoing with regular homework from Year 4 onwards. There are also regular little ‘testettes'.  Years 4,5 and 6 take summer term tests. Block tests are taken in Years 7 to 8 in the autumn and summer terms to familiarise pupils with the style and structure of the 11+ and 13+ examinations. 

The History Department encourages a variety of extra curricular activities which supplement, develop and support work being covered in class. Year 5 has the Viking Boat Competition in spring term. This project produces work of the highest quality and creativity and leads to a fantastic display in the school.

The History Department plans regular trips out. They have included: the Tower of London, the Banqueting House and Butser Farm.

The History Department has a lending library, enabling the children to borrow books and DVDs about subjects that interest them.

History comes alive at Newton where children learn about the development of their culture and institutions.

Over 640 Number of pupils who currently study at Newton Preparatory School 1991 The year that Newton Prep opened
Promoting responsible behaviour and respect for others in a happy, safe and caring environment.
Newton Preparatory School Mission Statement