Welcome to History and Geography at Brill School!

To study Humanities is to study people, their behaviour and the environment in which they live. At Brill, we unite History and Geography under broad and diverse units of work in order to consolidate children’s understanding of and curiosity for the world around them, past and present. Through these subjects, our children develop a strong sense of identity and understanding of their future roles and responsibilities in our ever-changing world. Pupils are immersed in fascinating topics which not only engage and inspire, but help to create  independent, motivated and committed life-long learners who understand the complexity of people’s lives, are aware of their place in history, prepared for the road ahead and determined to make a difference.


Which way to go!?


Year 3 have been working on compass points this week and using their compass to discover where different areas of the village are compared to school. They were thinking about the human and physical geographical features in the village along and then recorded these in brilliant sketch maps. Well done year 3! A great skill to have learnt!

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Year 5's Refugee Art!


Year 5 have been exploring the lives of refugees in their topic this term and they have been thinking incredibly deep about their lives and how they can be so quickly turned upside down. Year 5 have created their own dioramas to represent a suitcase filled with the lives that they have left behind. They have also written some fantastic poetry to go along with these very thought provoking pieces of art. 

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Year 4's Victorian Day


Year 4 had our own Victorian day where we dressed up, wrote on slates, used dip pens and ink and we even did some singing of 'All thing bright and beautiful'. It was a fabulous day and all the children threw themselves into the experiences and learnt lots about what it was like to be a child during that time. 

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A Magical Day As A Mayan


Year 6 have spent the day living their best life as Mayans! 

Harriet has written a super report of the day... 

Today in Year six we had our Mayan experience day. It included making: yummy, spiced Mayan hot chocolate and delicious corn tortillas. After our amazing eating time, we made travel brochures advertising the Mayan civilisation which included: the location, local attractions and activities to do in Ancient Maya. In the afternoon, we made Mayan headdresses and also extra items such as bracelets and necklaces. In summary the day was an amazing experience!  

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Oak National Academy


Morning everyone!

You may have already heard of the Oak National Academy... it is a great online resource to dip in and out of if you fancy trying something different!

Here is a selection of Humanities content currently available!

Year 1

  • What is a continent?
  • What is Europe like?
  • What is Australia like?
  • What is Africa like?

Year 2

  • How do we know about the Shang Dynasty?
  • How did the Shang Dynasty begin?
  • What was life like for people in the Shang Dynasty?
  • What did the Shang people believe?

Year 3

  • The Norman Conquest
  • The Battle of Hastings

Year 4

  • Henry VIII
  • Henry's great matter

Year 5

  • In 1066 who was the rightful heir to the throne?
  • Who was responsible for the death of Thomas Becket?
  • Who was the worse king, Richard I or John?
  • In what ways was Edward I a 'great and terrible king'?

Year 6

  • What caused World War One to break out?
  • Why were so many lives lost on the Western Front?
  • Was the Treaty of Versailles fair?
  • How did Hitler rise to power?

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How do we learn?

All Humanities teaching is purposeful so that children understand why they are focusing on a particular topic or skill.  Enquiry and skills-based learning is fundamental in shaping resilient, life-long learners. Our children learn what it is to be a Historian and Geographer:  they ask perceptive questions about bias, investigate primary source material, think critically, weigh evidence and make links and comparisons with existing knowledge.  They consider multiple perspectives and narratives and learn to make informed opinions and judgements. We conduct fieldwork in the grounds and local area, visit exciting places, study artefacts and use drama to bring these subjects to life. Our topics are often child-led by following a line of enquiry or a burning question asked at the outset. A strong focus on chronology, and cause and effect, is woven through each lesson.

What do they learn?

Our wide-ranging topics ensure our children develop a very broad understanding of the world and our history.  Themes of memory and significance, change and adaptation, physical vs. human processes are threaded through every year group’s topics. The content has a diverse, global reach: our children have the opportunity to study the relationships between different groups, the significance of hidden individuals and the challenges faced by remote communities. They study the sites of famous battles and the homes of forgotten historical individuals. They compare ancient natural environments with our modern-day world, and consider the impact humans have had over time. At the end of their Brill journey, pupils will have questioned how hunter-gatherers became farmers in the Stone Age, understood how climate impacted the Olympic Games in Ancient Greece, marvelled at the significance of Rosa Parks’ split second decision and considered how different our lives would be without the Romans. Children will understand the importance of tolerance and compassion. They will have an understanding of the sacrifices some have made, and the impact past decisions have had on our future. They will have developed a passion for the world around them and a sense of their place within it. Most importantly, they will be well prepared for the inevitable challenges and changes of their time.

Humanities Coordinator -

Miss Chenery


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Remembering the war

Following the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May, we have been hearing about the very special research some of you have been doing into the war and its impact on our local area, and on our families too. Speaking to older friends and relatives is a fantastic way to learn about the past.

Felicity & Rupert have interviewed several of their relatives, neighbours and friends and have found out incredible facts about what life was like during World War Two. Here are a few little snapshots of what they found out. 


"This is my Grandad with an air raid siren from the war.

You need to wind it up and it is really loud so everyone can hear. 

My Grandad is wearing a Casualty Clearing helmet from the war."


"This is my Great Grandad Bobby on the cart and his dad walking the horse.

They were hay making. He thinks this was during the war."


"In London Great Granny Jean had an Anderson Shelter in the garden. 

The family had to build it.  It was dug down in the ground and then bricked up with a roof on it. 

They had to climb down to get in it.  Jean remembers that she slept in a bunk bed with her brother."


Great Grandad Tony was in a Air Raid Shelter under the laundrette which is in the picture above. 

He remembers on November 19th 1940 he was asleep here with his mum when he was suddenly woken by a huge bang. 

The Germans had dropped a parachute mine on the Pavilion in Victoria Park which was close to the air raid shelter."


"Our Great Great Grandad Fredrick was awarded a Military Medal for Bravery in the Field."  


"Our Great Grandma still has the doll she had as a child during the war.  She remembers knitting clothes for her."


Year 4 - I like thinking and learning about the world. I really liked using google earth to look at the 7 continents and the countries within them.  

Year 4 - We get to learn about lots of new things that we didn't know before, like Antartica is a desert. 

Year 4 - I really enjoy learning about our world and the different countr