St Ives pupils are going places...

My daughter knows the teachers in the school and they know her, it is friendly, warm and really knows it's stuff when it comes to child development.

Parent 2016

Really nice nurturing environment, in lovely setting. Most important is how much my daughter loves it there - so much so she often doesn't want to come home!

Parent 2016

My son, like all boys needs to get outside and be physical and the outdoor space at St Ives is an adventure park with lots of space to run and wonderful views, for him to run around in.

Parent 2016

I love St Ives so much because we learn lots and we do lots of sport and Forest School. I really enjoy everything!

Tabitha (age 9)

It is cheerful, enthusiastic, and encouraging every day I come in excited and leave wanting to carry on my lessons! I am so lucky to have this school.

Annie (age 10)

I love St Ives because of the grounds, the beautiful view and lessons.

Sophie (age 8)

St Ives School is a very smiley place and everyone is happy to come to school every day.


Pupils achievements and the quality of their learning are excellent.

Independent Schools Inspectorate Report, 2015

I try to savour my days at St Ives as they are best school days I will ever have.


St Ives is a really exciting place to be, with so many fun activities and extra-curricular clubs so you’re never left out.


If I had to sum up St Ives in one word it would be AMAZING!


St Ives is caring and supportive, we are like a big family.


St Ives may look small but actually it is exploding with education excitement and fun, all of the teachers are inspiring in each and every lesson.


St Ives is a school which is full of opportunities to achieve great things.



History and Geography

The Humanities at St Ives are given a generous weekly timetable allocation. Geography is about the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them and the people who live in them. Skills and knowledge developed through Geography help pupils to make sense of their surroundings and the wider world. History at St Ives helps pupils to foster a curiosity about previous times and gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of the past in Britain, as well as further afield. The two subjects begin to be taught separately from Year 2 and by a specialist from Year 3. Prior to Year 2 they are studied through a topic approach, along with Science. Both subjects are enquiry based.

As children progress through the school a rich and growing, geographical and historical knowledge and vocabulary are acquired alongside a progressive repertoire of skills such as; research and evaluation of sources, fieldwork techniques, critical thinking, identification of  perspective and analysis of trends. In Geography a variety of map work enhances locational knowledge and in History, periods are taught sequentially to promote chronological awareness. An historical study of an aspect through time encourages children to see connections, cause and consequence and to identify similarity and change.

Within both Geography and History, emphasis is placed on the importance of expressing understanding and learning in a variety of ways and on the benefits of integrating technology into the programmes of study. Consequently St Ives children can be doing anything in a week in their lessons from writing a diary to working with a Geographical Information system, to sending a letter to help a real geographical issue, to role-playing an historical event, deciphering an original source or exploding a volcano!


A summary of topics can be seen below





Taught through topic approach such as:

  • Myself
  • Fairy tales/traditional tales
  • Splish, splash, splosh


Taught through topic approach such as:

  • Hedgerow Hullabaloo
  • Out of Eggs
  • Turrets and Tiaras


  • My Kinder world
  • The Stuarts,
  • Great Britain, Great British.


  • Ancient Egypt
  • Stone Age to Bronze Age
  • Settlement
  • Contrasting locality

(St Lucia)


  • Celts and Romans
  • Anglo Saxons and Vikings
  • Wet and Wild
  • Journey of a Pizza


  • Ancient Greece
  • Haslemere in the 2nd World War.
  • Mountains
  • Europe
  • Wales/France


  • Work and Leisure through time.
  • The Mayans
  • Living on the Edge-Physical and Human dimension.
  • Wales/ France


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