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Chesswood Junior School

Chesswood Junior School


Welcome to History at Chesswood

The history curriculum at Chesswood seeks to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching equips pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Please scroll down to see the coverage of topics at Chesswood.

Crime and Punishment Through the Ages - Timespan Visit



Were the Dark Ages Dark? Weald and Downland visit




Were the Dark Ages Dark? Butser archaeologist visit


Greek Day 


Mayan Day







Year 7 - The Boys Who Went to War

Below are example pages from the excellent research booklet produced by our Year 7 pupils funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund, working alongside local historian, Chris Hare. The booklets have been distributed through Worthing Library, Worthing Museum, The Sidney Walter Centre and Chesswood - it is available for download at the bottom of this page. 

Video of the WW1 project launch

WW1 Poetry

In conjunction with BBC Radio Sussex, 16 children from Chesswood were involved in writing poetry based on WW1. The project was used to make a 15 minute broadcast which was aired on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey. As a result of the quality poetry written (examples below), pupils were invited to perform on the BBC WW1 stage at Eastbourne Airbourne. To download the full booklet of poetry, scroll to the bottom of the page.


Old Worthing Street Project

A major part of the 'Old Worthing Street' Heritage project, run by Chris Hare (local historian), was to familiarise children from local schools with past conditions at school. The link below takes you to videos of Chesswood pupils involved in the project at school and at The Sidney Walter Centre. 

Old Worthing Street Videos