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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.



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.