In the teaching of history, Bowdon Prep aims to promote an interest and awareness of the past, and to enable girls to appreciate the thoughts, beliefs, motives and actions of people that lived long ago.
In Kindergarten, history is incorporated into an area of learning known as 'Understanding of the World'. Young children are given opportunities to talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.
In Infants, the girls learn about people's lives and lifestyles. They find out about men, women, children and events from the past. They are given opportunities to listen to and respond to stories, and to use sources of information, such as books, artefacts and the internet, to encourage them to ask and answer questions about history.
In Juniors, we concentrate mainly on how Britain has evolved in history; however, other countries and cultures inevitably come into the story as well. The girls are not just provided with facts and dates, they are taught to investigate, analyse and consider their own findings and those of others, and respond to them. All these skills are needed to be a successful historian, and they are all skills that can be transferred to many other areas of learning.
Learning takes place both in and out of the classroom, and there are many workshops and trips designed to enhance the girls’ studies.