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History and Geography

At Hatherleigh Primary School it is our aim that teaching and learning in Geography should inspire our pupils to have a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We aim to equip our pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.


It is our aim that teaching and learning in History will help pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. We hope to equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.


Where possible we make meaningful links between our learning in humanities and our learning in many other curriculum areas. We also endeavour to incorporate trips, fieldwork and visitors into our teaching  and learning sequences so that children have first-hand experiences from which they can build upon.



Spring term. Oaks have studied Romans in Britain this term. Some of their activities have included creating a Google Slide presentation about soldiers, learning about the opposition from the Celts and researching information combined with their knowledge from this term's Science, to create an interactive Electric board game. They shared how they made them and what they knew with Mrs Jacob as History lead.

Oaks class had their 3 day residential at Hooke Court in Dorset. They had 3 amazing days building on their knowledge of Ancient Greece. See their class page for more photographs.

As part of Oaks work on Ancient Greece, we learnt about Greek markets and recreated an image. What do you think these people are doing?

In Hawthorn class we are learning about where we live and can identify where Hatherleigh is on our map. We have learnt the four countries that make up the United Kingdom.


As part of Oaks South America topic, we looked at different fruits that come from that continent, tasted some and chose ones to go in our quinoa salad. We also wore our carnival headdresses that we made for DT when having a dance session with Jess Squire.


As part of Poplars Stone Age topic they made their own charcoal and have produced art work in the style of Stone Age art.


Poplars were joined by Sabef for the day to teach them all about life in Ancient Egyptian times.

Poplars and Oaks' end of term production was linked to their topics of the Stone Age and Romans.

Willows visit to Hatherleigh's Fire station


As part of Poplars' topic about rivers, we had a visit from Ranger Russ with his animals that originate from the Amazon river.

Chestnuts visited Okehampton Castle

A class full of year 3 mummies- all part of their Egyptian topic.

Poplars had a very informative and interesting visit from Jane who told them all about what it was like living in Egypt. They were able to try on clothes, eat a traditional breakfast and learnt some Egyptian words.

Poplars had the chance to dress up in authentic Egyptian clothes.

Poplars and Maples went to Merrivale, on Dartmoor, to see the Bronze Age site.

Willows had the opportunity to play with Victorian toys as part of their Toys and Games topic.

As part of their learning about The Great Fire of London, Willows visited the fire station to compare the modern day fire service to what was available at the time of the great fire

Oaks Roman soldier training!

2018. As part of their journey around the World, Willows went to Eden Project to find out what it would be like in a rainforest.