“The aim of the historian, like that of an artist, is to enlarge our picture of the world, to give us a new way of looking at things’’
– James Joll
We want to give students a wide and broad overview of their History but also History around the world. However, the magic of History often comes from the intriguing personal stories and individual characters that we can meet from the past. Therefore we aim to marry wider themes with these stories trying to achieve an interplay of overview and depth. We view History as a puzzle of the past with the individual characters and stories being windows into wider themes of this huge puzzle. Where possible we teach chronologically to reflect a logical story from ‘beginning to end’ and highlight common themes within this chronology to aid students in threading their learning together.