History and Geography

During the course of the academic year, all children develop and nurture their knowledge, skills and understanding of History and Geography via their integration in a balanced, thematic curriculum and in line with the expectations outlined in the National Curriculum.

Geography helps us to develop an understanding of places and people and examines the way their development has been shaped by physical and human processes. The study of Geography enables children to understand their immediate surroundings, the wider world and to help them to make sense of it.

 Through the teaching of Geography, children are encouraged to analyse the world around them from a physical and a human perspective, and to appreciate the interdependence of the physical environment and human development.

 Children need to be prepared for a life where they will live and work with a variety of people. We believe that Geography can help pupils develop tolerant attitudes to different cultures and provide a global perspective and dimension to their learning.

 When teaching Geography our aims are:

  • To provide a range of experiences from which the children can develop the relevant geographical skills, knowledge and understanding.
  • To encourage and develop the children's interest in the wider world through firsthand experience and the complementary use of secondary sources.
  • To develop children's sense of identity, within both local and wider perspectives, thus enhancing their understanding and sensitivity towards the Earth and its peoples.

 We appreciate that children need to develop a series of geographical skills in order to help them make sense of the world around them. These include being able to:

  • Make, read and interpret maps.
  • Use and interpret globes and atlases.
  • Use a range of fieldwork techniques.
  • Follow a line of enquiry, such as asking the right questions, drawing conclusions and communicating findings.
  • Identify features that give a place its identity.
  • Use ICT to gain access to information and to assist in handling evidence and data.


At Springfield, all pupils experience a rich tapestry of historical enquiry. History is taught within an environment that encourages pupils to become resourceful in their approach to work, and to build on basic skills as they progress through various historical topics.

When teaching history our aims are to:

  • Understand how people’s actions and beliefs affect the lives of others.
  • Provide a balanced approach to the teaching and learning of History enabling all pupils to enjoy the subject.
  • To stimulate all children's interest in the past.
  • To help children become aware of historical, social and ethnic aspects of the local environment and of the world, enabling them to develop a sense of identity and an understanding of other cultures' pasts.
  • To develop the children's historical knowledge and skills and to develop a sense of chronology.


Pupils should be prepared to question, investigate and learn to look at information critically. History gives pupils the ideal opportunity to do this using a variety of sources and approaches to aid learning.

The school makes use of opportunities to investigate the local area and provides opportunities to deal with a range of stimulating resources including visitors to the school, visits to museums and public institutions. We believe that the people in the community are a very valuable historical resource and we take every opportunity to draw on their memories, artefacts and skills.

Here Y4 have their topic on Greeks brought to life with the visit of a real Greek warrior!


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The Greek warrior explaining

about armour

 How you thrust and kill!  How to hold your line
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 In case you're worried - the

spears are rubber tipped!

 Raising morale before the battle  A defensive line