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History Through Art

Posted on: 4th Mar 2021

Key Stage 3 students have been utilising art forms to learn more about history. Year 8 lessons analysed paintings, and how these can be a rich and valuable source of information linked to their subject of the Victorian age. Students compared the lives of the rich and poor by examining the differences between two birthday celebration paintings and made insightful deductions. Films, posters, and newspapers were used by Year 9 students to raise awareness of the problems and issues by women in the past and how the Suffragettes changed the lives of women in Britain. Using their materials, students learnt about historical attitudes towards women and towards the women who fought for change.

“The lessons made me feel quite proud to be a woman, but at the same time it annoyed me that women were treated in the way that they were, and I thought that all the injustices they faced were extremely unfair”. Year 9 student

“This term we explored what paintings could tell us about the lives of Victorian families. We focused on a variety of images and in depth discussed whether they were idealised or what you would expect in Victorian families. We also used our observation skills to explain in detail how we know that certain images portrayed a poor or rich family.

This topic was important as we were able to better our inference skills and our minds to think beyond the obvious. I also think that it was important to look at these paintings to help us to understand in detail the suffering and complications people went through in that era and how many were shown as happy but hid their misery away”. Year 8 student

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