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Welcome to Dovecote's history page - Subject leader - Miss Birch

Miss Birch's history, in history!

Hi everyone, my name is Miss Birch and I am the history subject leader at Dovecote Primary School.

I have always had a passion for history and so have my family. We are really interested in history and many of our (not so) famous 'Birch family days out' were at places like Sutton Hoo burial site, going to see the Endeavour war ship or vising the Ashmolean museum in Oxford. My dad also took me to Greece when I was in Year 4 to learn about Alexander the Great and then to Italy to learn about the devastation in Pompeii! My dad also used to take me to Scarborough locate records of family members and always talks about my great-great-aunt Florence who was a teacher to!

When studying for my degree, I took my passion for history further and specialised in the Humanities (History, Geography and Religious Education). This meant I could expand my knowledge of how to teach it the knowledge and skills.

As an adult, I enjoy making the most of my National Trust membership when I visit historical places and two years ago I visited the Somme to commemorate the centenary of World War One. I located the grave of my relative Albert Redmile, my grandad’s grandad, who died during World War One (See the picture below) and placed a cross there for him. Also, I sometimes go to different historical places with a reenactment group (who do parachute jumps) and I fix engines as a part of the ATS group - Auxiliary Territorial Service, this is what our Queen Elizabeth did when she was young during the war.

I am passionate about the past and want us to work together with our curriculum to become young researchers and historians that understand that history changes as our knowledge grows.

My vision is that our range of carefully put together experiences enrich your history curriculum and boost your sense of enquiry, understanding, chronology and connection with history.

When I think about the type of historians I want you to be I think of these words:

Ambitious, resilient, innovative, enquiring, investigators, thinkers, analysists and fact checkers.

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Fantastic training I have had about history subject leadership

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Our vision

The aim of history teaching here at Dovecote Primary School is to stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the life of people who lived in the past. 

We teach children a sense of chronology, and through this they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage. Thus they learn to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain and, by considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today. 

In our school, history makes a significant contribution to citizenship education by teaching about how Britain developed as a democratic society. We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and, by so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.



Our aims when teaching history

•to foster in children an interest in the past and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer;

•to enable children to know about significant events in British history and to appreciate how things have changed over time;

•to develop a sense of chronology;

•to know and understand how the British system of democratic government has developed and, in so doing, to contribute to a child’s citizenship education;

•to understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture and to study some aspects of European history;

•to have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world;

•to help children understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage;

•to develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation.


On this day...


One of my favourite things to do is to think about what happened in history on different days. So for example, on my birthday (24th November), some really cool things happened:

- 1815 - Grace Darling risked her life to save men at sea 

- 1859 - Charles Darwin published his book ' On the origin of species' 

- 1991 - Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the band Queen died

- 2012 - Gangnam style becomes the most viewed Youtube video surpassing 808 million views


Using the ducksters website you can find out information about what happened in history on different days of each month. It also gives you lots of cool facts. It is American so some days of celebration will be different to those in the UK. 

About the Month of May

May is the 5th month of the year and has 31 days.
Season (Northern Hemisphere): Spring

May Day, National Teacher Day

Symbols of May

  • Birthstone: Emerald
  • Flower: Lily of the Valley
  • Zodiac signs: Taurus and Gemini


The month of May was named for the
Greek goddess Maia. She was the goddess of fertility. The Romans had a similar goddess named Bona Dea. They held the festival for Bona Dea during the month of May. 
The Romans called the month Maius. The name changed over the years. It was first called May in the 1400s near the end of the Middle Ages. 

Fun Facts about May

  • It is the third and last month of the season of spring.
  • The birthstone of May, the emerald, symbolizes success and love.
  • May in the Northern Hemisphere is similar to November in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • May was once considered a bad luck month to get married. There is a poem that says "Marry in May and you'll rue the day".
  • In Old English May is called the "month of three milkings" referring to a time when the cows could be milked three times a day.
  • The month of May is devoted to the Virgin Mary in the Catholic Church.
  • The United Kingdom celebrates May as the National Smile Month.
  • The last week of May is Library and Information Week.

Useful links and resources

- https://pstt.org.uk/resources/curriculum-materials/cross-curricular-science-and-history 

- https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/








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