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Geography is a core subject within the School. By the end of the course, the pupils will have studied their immediate environment of the School, local area and contrasting localities further afield.
The work, including field study trips, fosters an awareness and appreciation of the subject, which carries them into secondary schooling and adult life. The teaching will cover various topics within the subject to give a broad base to build on.
In the teaching of Geography, we aim to
- stimulate curiosity about the world
- develop awareness of people, places and environments
- contribute to environmental awareness and sustainable development
- develop an understanding of the physical and human landscape
- develop enhanced awareness of global interdependence
- be able to use geographical enquiry skills when developing knowledge and understanding of people, places, patterns and processes, environmental awareness and sustainable development
- ask geographical questions and undertake enquiries inside and outside the classroom about people, places and environments
- analyse evidence, make decisions and evaluate information, ideas and opinions
- use skills specific to geography, including fieldwork and map work
- draw on different sources and resources, such as maps and atlases, photographs, written and visual materials, including the use of ICT
Head of Department – Mr A Smith
Geography is taught to every pupil in the School. In Years 3 and 4 it is taught by the form teacher in topics as part of a Humanities programme. Children in years 5-8 are then taught by subject specialist teachers.
Trips and Events
Many of the topic-based trips in Years 3 and 4 have important geographical elements to them, as does the Year 6 Humanities trip to Belgium. In Year 7 pupils visit Overstrand for the day, where coastal erosion and management is studied. The main residential trip happens at the beginning of Year 8, with a three day visit to Flatford Mill in Suffolk. The main focus of that trip is the preparation for a project, which is a compulsory requirement of the Common Entrance course.
Click here to view a copy of the ISEB Common Entrance Syllabus for Geography.