If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.
At St Mary’s, we strive to equip children with the skills needed to be historians. We aim to promote a love of learning about the past, enable pupils to make links in their learning and give opportunities to consider how events or individuals in the past have impacted our lives today and may influence decisions made in the future.
Through our golden threads, children link their learning between multiple topics and subject areas.
Ignition days at St Mary's play a pivotal role in fostering a profound love of learning by providing students with immersive and engaging experiences. They are thoughtfully designed to captivate, delight, and ignite curiosity within specific topics. These special days can mark the beginning of a new unit or are seamlessly integrated into our learning sequence. By integrating these hands-on experiences, St Mary's not only deepens students' understanding of subjects but also cultivates a lifelong love for learning that extends far beyond the confines of school.
Below are some of the fabulous days we have had throughout the years:
What did the explorers find? - KS1
How is my home different to someone else's? - KS1
How have toys changed through time? - KS1
What did the Romans leave behind? - KS2
WW2 - Is conflict ever justified? - KS2
Bletchley Park visit and learning to code:
Cooking recipes from WW2:
Visitors showed us artefacts from WW2:
The Stone Age to Iron Age - Would you thrive or survive? - KS2
Stone Age to Iron Age - Cinema Trip - November 2023
Extreme Earth - Carousel Activities Day - January 2024