Geography & History

Geography is the study of the Earth’s landscapes and the relationship between people, places and environments. It is quite simply a study of the world in which we live.  During geography lessons we aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will continue with them throughout their lives.

Lessons equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people and resources. Topics allow pupils to understand the interaction between physical and human processes.  A  variety of units have been chosen to link to the new geography curriculum through enquiry based learning, addressing some of the issues facing us today.

Topics include:

  • What’s the geography of where I live?
  • How does weather affect our lives?
  • Why are jungles so wet and deserts so dry?
  • How can we live more sustainably?
  • Why is fair trade fair?
  • How is climate change affecting the world?

Geographical skills are taught across both Key Stages, including map skills, fieldwork and interpreting a range of sources of geographical information.

History at Sandfield is an exciting, hands-on subject. Our children are taught about people who have lived in the past and how their activities have influenced the lives, customs and beliefs of people in the world today.  They are encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of British History and that of the wider world. Every opportunity to develop cross-curricular links through Art, DT, English and Geography is taken. As our school is in the centre of Guildford we are able to take the children out easily into the wider environment to extend their understanding of imaginative enquiry.

The areas of study for each year group are below with details of visits that have taken place over the year:

Class Areas of Study
Reception Our Families
Year 1 Changing Toys (Guildford Museum)  /  Intrepid Explorers
Year 2 Great Fire of London  /  Guildford Hospitals (Abott Hospital, Guildford Spike)
Year 3 Romans (Fishbourne Roman Villa)
Year 4 Anglo Saxons (Butser Farm Museum)  /  Ancient Civilisations (British Museum)
Year 5 Stone Age
Year 6 The Mayans (British Museum)  /  World War II (Imperial War Museum)

Useful website links for  & Geography & History:

Saxon Letters
Great Fire of London burning models