At St Paul's C of E Primary School, we are educated for life with the love of God and Christian values at the heart of our school.

History

‘How do you know who you are unless you know where you have come from? How can you tell what’s going to happen, unless you know what’s happened before? History isn’t just about the past. It’s about why we are who we are – and about what’s next.’

Tony Robinson, Actor and Television Presenter of Channel 4’s Time Team.


The teaching of history in St Paul’s C of E Primary School will develop our pupils’ sense of identity through learning about the development of Britain, Europe and the World.

At St Paul’s C of E Primary School, we teach history to:

  • Fire pupils' curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world
  • Encourage thinking about how the past influences the present
  • Help students develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people
  • Foster a sense of identity and an increased understanding of pupils' own position in their own community and the world
  • Develop a range of skills and abilities - particularly those related to finding out about the past, explaining what happened and what people then and now think about what happened.

Geography

Our Geography is thriving in St. Paul’s. We inspire the children by studying places and themes from not just around the world but of Britain and our local area. We value and positively encourage our learners to bring the world into our classrooms; through discussion and observations, using reference books and computers and by bringing our own life experiences; we help to build a stronger sense of where we are in the world and of how people and places relate in the wider world.

We take every opportunity to develop and use geographical skills when doing fieldtrips with Thames Explorers and Isle of Wight, when working on maps and using photographs. We stimulate interest and encourage a strong sense of responsibility and respect for the Earth and its people with a guard against stereotyping.

In Geography, we seek and encourage opportunities to link our knowledge and learning to other areas of the curriculum, for example, with History, Science, PSCHE and Literature. Furthermore, we find opportunities to extend our Geography curriculum through themed days and year group phases.

History and Geography This Year

Here is an assortment of photographs from each year group showing some of the activities across the they have taken part in studying History and Geography. For further information about these topics, please visit the year groups’ page and discover more about what our pupils have been learning in our new and exciting curriculum.

Year 3 - Ancient Egypt - We investigated what it meant to be an archaeologist
Year 3 - Weather topic - We had a virtual visit to a tropical climate - Grenada
Year 3 - Weather topic - We had a virtual visit to a temperate climate - Scotland
Year 4 – Mountains - We made models of mountains with information posters
Year 4 - Invaders and Settlers - we made models of artefacts or buildings relating to the Celts, Romans or Anglo-Saxons
Year 5 - We visited the National Archives to look at historical sources
Year 6 - Victorian workshop - We learnt about Brunel - a prominent Victorian personality
Year 6 - Gunnesbury trip - We learnt about what life was like for children at Victorian schools
Year 6 - World War 2 - We went on a tour of Kingston to find out the effect of the war on our locality
Year 6 - World War 2 - We had a theatre workshop to help us understand how World War II affected people’s lives