St Martin and St Mary Church of England Primary School



At St Martin and St Mary Primary School, we view History not only as simple facts and dates but encourage pupils to become detectives who explore the past in an exciting and practical way. History is taught mainly through a topic based approach and gives pupils a chance to explore local and global history through a variety of sources.

History allows our children to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about historical characters and expand their research skills. We teach children to be open minded and enquiring thinkers who understand cause and effect. We want them to understand how people have lived in the past and compare this to modern life. We encourage first hand experiences through handling real artefacts and wherever possible arranging field work visits to relevant sites of historical interest in the region or bringing in specialists for in-school workshops.

Please refer to the table below to see what your little historians will be doing in their year group. 

Year 1

Fire of London

History and evolution of Lakes Mountain Rescue

Our past, present and future

Year 2

Stott Park Bobbin Mill visit

Children’s jobs from the past

Year 3

Tullie House visit – Roman discovery day

Anglo Saxons and the Fall of the Western Roman Empire

Year 4

World War II Evacuation re-enactment to Staveley

Discovering Greek myths and writing our own

Year 5

Ancient Egyptians archaeologist investigations

Anglo- Saxon visitor interviews

Year 6

Marvellous Mayans – discovery into the past

The Theory of Evolution and Adaptation – Charles Darwin