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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 November

As the eleventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, November has 30 days. The month derives its name from way back in Roman times when under the Romulus calendar (c.750 BC) it was the ninth month and the Latin word for nine was ‘novem’.

In the month of November, constellations including Scorpio and Sagittarius can be seen in the night sky, while meteor showers including the Andromedids, Leonids, Alpha Monocerotids and the Taurids peak at various times during this month.

November is a month of many celebrations including Remembrance Day  on 11 November to honor the lives of military service people who died in World War One and World War Two, symbolised by a red poppy flower.

In history, the Black Death is believed to have arrived in London early in November 1348. The epidemic devastated the medieval world killing up to one third of the population of Europe. In the centuries after the Black Death, the Renaissance took on renewed gusto, and a prime example is Michelangelo’s painting of the Sistine Chapel, which was unveiled in November 1512.

William Shakespeare’s Othello was also presented for the first time in November 1604, as part of the Golden Age of Elizabethan England. On the heels of the High Renaissance was the Age of Enlightenment. Part of the Modern era, it brought scientific ideas to the fore, including Charles Darwin’s publication of Origin of the Species in November 1859.

November is an important month in British history: in 1429, Henry VIII, one of the most famous monarchs of England, was crowned king. The religious and political upheavals he brought rippled through time and in 1605, Guy Fawkes was arrested after attempting to blow up Parliament.

Following the death of Henry VIII, his daughter Mary, Tudor would become queen. She was highly unpopular and brutally persecuted Protestants, earning the nickname Bloody Mary. She died in November 1558 and would eventually be replaced by the famous Queen Elizabeth I.

Notable figures born in November include: Miss Birch (1989), Marie Curie (1867), Carl Sagan (1934), Georgia O’Keeffe (1887), George Eliot (1819), Sojourner Truth (1797), Mark Twain (1835).

Notable deaths in November include: George Bernard Shaw (1950), Butch Cassidy (1908), Eleanor Roosevelt (1962), Nat Turner (1831), Catherine the Great (1796), Leo Tolstoy (1910), Blackbeard (1718), C.S. Lewis (1963), John F. Kennedy (1963), Roald Dahl (1990), Ada Lovelace (1852), Oscar Wilde (1900), Dylan Thomas (1953).

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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