Brill Church Of England School

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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.


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How do we learn?

All Humanities teaching is purposeful so that children understand why they are focussing 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.

Geography: skills & content


History: skills & content


Humanities Coordinator


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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