At Saint Mary's Catholic Primary Academy, we view History not only as simple facts and dates but encourage pupils to become detectives, encouraging their inference skills, who explore the past in an exciting way. History is taught mainly through a topic based approach and gives pupils a chance to explore a wide range of sources from which the past may come alive.

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.

Click on the year group to see what we have been up to!

VE Day



As a school, we recognise how important VE Day is for our history. VE Day was on the Saturday this year so we celebrated it in school on the Friday. We discussed it with the children and completed some different activities related to it. 


 Year 6 

As an immersive start for their new topic, the children were given labels and sent to different parts of the country. They experienced what it may have felt like to taken from their friends and families and evacuated. 

The children used a range of materials to construct a structurally sound miniature Anderson shelter. I think you'll agree they did a brilliant job.

Year 5

Year 4

In Year 4 the children have been developing their knowledge of the Romans and Celts. Children have learned about and compared the two cultures and warfare tactics, understood chronology, and studied key individuals.

The children have also been developing their knowledge of the Norman invasion and settlement. The children have learned about the Battle of Hastings, key dates and events, Norman culture, the feudal system and the Doomsday Book.

Year 3

In Year 3 we have studied James Lind and the influence his experiments had on today's life. 

We also celebrated Remembrance Day and painted poppies on to stones which we placed on our prayer focus area.

Year 2

In Year 2 the children have learned about historically significant people who have had a major impact on the world. They used timelines, stories and historical sources to find out about the people featured and use historical models to explore their significance.

Year 1

In Year 1 the children have learned about Armistice Day and they made their own poppies.

The children have learned about their own school and locality, both today and in the past. They compared schooling in the Victorian era to their experiences today.