Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, people, places and environments, bridging the Social Sciences (Human Geography) with the Natural Sciences (Physical Geography). Inspiring a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, enabling children to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live through geographical enquiry, investigation, problem solving and decision making. As pupils study Geography, they will begin to develop an interest in other countries, societies and cultures.
Through the teaching of Geography, we aim to:
- Develop curiosity, knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live through the studies of a variety of human and physical conditions on Earth
- Foster a sense of awe and wonder at the beauty of the world around them
- Engender a sense of responsibility for the care of our earth and its population
- Interpret a range of sources of geographical information
As the children move into the Upper School, they build on the foundations developed in the Lower School. In Year 6, the children will focus on the Geomorphological topics of River and Coastal Studies, whilst continuing to develop their Global Location Knowledge as an introduction to the ISEB Common Entrance Syllabus. In Year 7 and Year 8, they will study the Geographical themes at a variety of scales from local through to global, linking their understanding of the topics to case studies. Throughout the Upper School syllabus, the children will develop their geographical skills including OS mapwork alongside Fieldwork Enquiry skills.
The topics covered in the ISEB Syllabus, also underpin the scholarship examinations which the children may sit in Year 8 for their chosen senior schools.
The recent addition to the ISEB Syllabus of the ‘Population’ and ‘Transport’ topics has added a greater balance to the overall content, facilitating further discussion, application and relevance to the contemporary issues we face in our dynamic world.
Head of Geography: Adrian Dunning