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At Farnsfield St Michael’s, History is taught mainly through a topic based approach. We teach children to become open minded and enquiring thinkers. We work together to provide stimulating workshops within school and also first hand experiences in the local and wider environment.


We theme each term's topic around 'Discover', 'Create' and 'Explore'. The Discover term has a History focus, although the skills of being a historian are developed throughout the year. Each topic is based around a question and is rooted in concepts and values with a real life outcome. 


Our residential visits have a keen emphasis on the teaching of History.

In KS1 children participate in a wide range of visits in the locality. Year 2 have an overnight camp on the school field.

In KS2, residential visits include Dukes Barn and Castleton in Years 3 and 4 and Liverpool and Scarborough in Years 5 and 6.


Farnsfield St Michael’s has a two year rolling cycle to ensure a full and varied curriculum coverage.


The table below shows each phase's focus for the Discover term in 2020-21.




Topic focus

Real Outcomes


Who am I? Where am I from?

Learning about ourselves and our families

Create class version of the book ‘We Are All Different’.

Key Stage One (Y1&2)

Where will your faith take you?

The Pilgrims’ journey on the Mayflower, the origins of Thanksgiving

Video calls and letters exchanged with a school in Boston, USA.

Lower Key Stage Two (Y3&4)

Who left the greatest legacy?

The Egyptians and the Stone Age

Showcase of work from the topic.

Upper Key Stage Two (Y5&6)

What will your legacy be?

The Victorians

Creating a metal sculpture.