St Martin & St Mary Church ofEngland Primary School


Welcome toSt Martin & St Mary Church ofEngland Primary School


Mrs Sue Britton is our History Subject Leader

At St Martin and St Mary, we hold History in high regard and take advantage of the school’s location having its own rich history, both in Windermere and Bowness and further into the Lake District. The History curriculum at our school makes use of resources within the immediate and wider local area, enabling children to develop a deep understanding of the rich history of their locality.


Topics are informed by the National Curriculum (2014) and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as the context of the local area. The History curriculum at St Martin and St Mary is carefully planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy. At St Martin and St Mary, we have a range of fantastic resources through visitors and visits. Our staff are incredibly enthusiastic about the teaching of History and this can be seen in the classroom. As a school, we are constantly developing our enquiry skills.

In line with the National Curriculum (2014), the curriculum at St Martin and St Mary aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past;
  • Are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement;
  • Understand the importance of enquiry skills when learning.
  • Begin 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.

Core Values - Friendship, Love, Trust, Honesty


Early Years Foundation Stage - Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them


Key Stage 1 - Children grow an awareness of the past and significant individuals that have contributed to national and international achievements. They begin to develop a curiosity about history.


Key Stage 2 - Pupils continue to secure and extend their chronological knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history through a developed understanding and enjoyment of the past.