Southborough C of E Primary School

History and Geography

At Southborough we aim to broaden children’s knowledge of the world around them by building an understanding of how people, places and time have shaped the environment that surrounds them today. From this they can become positive influencers in progressing their environment and developing their own future.

By approaching History and Geography through creative topics each term, the children engage with the curriculum in an enquiry based manner. Each new topic is launched with an open, analytical question to entice. The question therefore gives context to all Geographical and Historical learning that follows and allows the children to apply their learned knowledge and skills when developing a range of possible answers through the term.

See below for pictures and quotes from our children about their recent learning.

Year 6 - Historical flamboyant figures: Daring, brave or reckless?

"Highwaymen must have been very brave; they risked their lives on a nightly basis for sometimes little reward, often doing so for someone they love. It is interesting though how we only know about Dick Turpin because he got caught- I wonder if he would have stayed unknown had he not!”

Year 5 - What have the ancient Greeks done for us?

"As well as what we've been learning about with Archimedes' displacement theory, I know he also invented the Archimedes screw which is still used today."

Year 4 - Who were the Anglo-Saxons and where did they come from?

"I want to be an archaeologist when I grow up because I have been inspired by our Year 4 trip to Canterbury and by having a real archaeologist visit us in school with lots of artefacts."

Year 3 - How do we know all about the Romans?

"I'm really can't decide because the Romans caused so many negative things to happen to the people living in Britania but I really appreciate the changes they made for us now. I don't think I would have wanted them to invade our country but I'm pleased they did."


Year 2 - How has London changed throughout the ages and affected people's lives?

"A lot more things live in the River Thames now that people don't put their waste in it."


Year 1 - What is the difference between physical and human features? 

"I can spot all the physical features at the seaside, I can't wait to see the cliffs when we visit the beach. "

    Geographical and historical trips

    Year 4 to Canterbury: