Christ Church C of E Primary

Humanities at Christ Church

Humanities at Christchurch

Humanities Rationale

At Christ Church, each year group has their own termly topic which may cover history, geography or both of these subjects. Currently children learn about the wider world, different cultures and about key historical events or periods nationally and locally. Through such learning, the aim is that the children develop an understanding of the significance of their own lives, but also an appreciation of how other people live their lives and how patterns of humanity change over time. We also want the children to develop a curiosity to ask questions, to think critically about past and current environments and to encounter particular situations with an inquisitive and analytical approach. Both Geography and History at Christ Church are centred around developing an understanding of the natural environment and the geography and history of the local area – in particular the maritime centre at Greenwich, the importance of the Greenwich Observatory and the Shooters’ Hill area.

 History is taught through enquiry. Each topic is framed around an over-arching question which, through the explorative and investigative teaching sequence, enables children to reach a conclusion about the particular question. The aim is that this will enhance children’s curiosity in their class' topic, whilst also exploring the key skills which underpin history and geography.



At Christ Church School, we plan humanities trips and experiences to make the most of the local area and the resources it has to offer, such as the Thames Barrier, our local woodlands and the Cutty Sark. We also invite drama leaders in to bring some of our history topics to life such as WW2 or Ancient Greece.


Year 6 WWII Drama Workshop

Year 3 Stone Age workshop at Lesnes Abbey

Den Building in Abbey Wood

Magnificent Mountains

Resource box of toys for Year 1 history










Year 2 History - Our trip to the National Maritime Museum

Explorers through Time workshop and fun in the Ahoy Centre