Living History comes to us when we run our History Days, such as the whole school Magna Carta celebration in June 2015, and when we take groups of pupils to visit sites of historical interest. Many if not all school trips have a historical element and opportunities for cross curricular work are seized wherever possible. Recent examples include visits to Windsor Castle, the Victorian village at Blists Hill and to Ironbridge, trips to Rome, Pompeii, St. Albans, Fishbourne Roman Palace and Bath, visits to Normandy including the Bayeux Tapestry and the Normandy Beaches, Art department trips including one to Stanley Spencer's WW1 murals at Sandham Memorial Chapel, and trips to the Somme and Ypres Battlefields and to the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam. The History department organises regular visits to the Tower of London, Highclere Castle, Warwick Castle and The Imperial War Museum.
At OPS, History is often cited by our young pupils as their favourite subject. Our children are curious about the core topics, inspired by the way these topics are delivered and grasp, at least by the time they reach year 8, that George Santanaya’s sage perspective on History is worth remembering: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”