Hathersage St. Michael's C of E (A) Primary School

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School Lane, Hathersage, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S32 1BZ


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Hathersage St. Michael's C of E (A) Primary School



At Hathersage St Michael’s CofE Primary School, we aim for a high quality history curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and captivation about the Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

Our mixed age teaching in EYFS, KS1 and KS2, equips pupils with knowledge about the history of Britain and how it has influenced and too, been influenced by the wider world. Pupils will recognise and understand about significant aspects of the history of the ancient civilisations and empires in addition to changes in living memory and beyond living memory. Pupils will learn about the lives of significant individuals of the past and in doing so, understand the methods of historical enquiry and be able to ask and answer variety of skills and knowledge based questions.

We want our pupils to relish and love learning about history. Pupils will gain knowledge and skills, not just through experiences within the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits, enabling then to deepen their understanding of who and what has shaped our world today.


In the EYFS (Nursery), History is taught within ‘Understanding the World’. Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and those of family members. They learn about similarities, differences, communities and traditions and link these to themselves.

Within EYFS (Reception) and Key Stage One, History is taught in two mixed age classes following a two-year rolling programme. The History curriculum ensures children learn new content and develop historical enquiry skills. Children learn about:

  • Changes within living memory, which is linked to our locality
  • Events beyond living memory including; The Great Fire of London
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national or international achievements; including Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II

In Key Stage Two, History is taught in mixed aged classes. They follow a two-year rolling programme. The children are taught the history of the UK and the wider world. These include:

  • Stone Age, The Roman Empire, Anglo Saxons and Vikings
  • A local study of the village of Eyam, World War Two and Britain since 1940, the History of the Railways and Sheffield.
  • Ancient Benin, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Aztecs and The Indus Valley

Educational visits take place and these enhance the History curriculum to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and empathy.


Children will develop the necessary skills and knowledge to become confident historians. They will think critically about past events and have the ability to support and challenge different views based on detailed and accurate historical evidence. They will understand how and why people interpret the past in different ways and will be able to research different lines of enquiry. As they move through the school, they will develop skills progressively not only enabling them to meet the requirements of the National curriculum but to become competent Historians as they move to Secondary school.


History Progression of Skills

Whole School History Overview

History at Hathersage!

From the blazing fires of London to the mysterious Ancient Egyptians. From the deadly plagues of Eyam to the miraculous first moon landing. Travel back in time to The Stone Age and delve into the depths of Ancient Greece. From Early Years to Year 6, our children experience History in a fun, engaging and thought provoking way! Our children become inquisitive and knowledgeable about their History topics and develop a range of historical skills and understanding. Where possible, we teach our History in a cross curricular way, as we believe that children learn best when they can see links and purpose to their learning. We also provide children with different experiences to enable them to learn in a variety of ways and incorporate trips regularly. Our children have journeyed to Bolsover Castle, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Crich Tramway Museum, the nearby village of Eyam and back to our village of Hathersage. Take a look through these photos to find out more about our Hathersage historians!


We held a big exhibition in our hall about The Great War and invited our community in to share in the memorabilia along with our old school log books.