Geography is a valued part of the curriculum; it enables pupils to develop their knowledge of people and places and begin to understand the physical, social and economic forces that shape our world. In Geography lessons the girls explore the relationship between the earth and its people. Geography stimulates the girls’ curiosity and imagination by allowing them to develop their geographical skills through the study of different places both close to home and further afield. Pupils are taught to use maps and atlases to locate cities, countries, mountain ranges, rivers, seas and oceans. They use a range of resources including the internet to explore the environment and economies of the countries studied.
Key Stage I
At Key Stage I, Geography focuses on the development of knowledge, skills and understanding relating to the pupils’ own environment. The children begin to develop an awareness of the wider world and are encouraged to ask geographical questions about people, places and the environment. Children develop an awareness of their individual role and responsibilities in caring for the environment and in protecting the world’s resources for future generations to enjoy. Geography is taught within a cross-curricular framework and includes such topics as: An Island Home, The Seaside, and Where in the World is Barnaby Bear? Prep III’s teddy bear, ‘Eddie the Teddy’ accompanies pupils on their holidays. Eddie is a frequent flyer, having visited many countries including Canada, Hong Kong, the Dominican Republic and Switzerland. The child keeps a journal of Eddie’s travels to share with the class on her return from holiday.
Key Stage II
Building on the foundations of Key Stage I, pupils continue to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of people, places and environments in the UK and overseas. Throughout the Junior Department Geography is taught as a separate subject but cross-curricular links are encouraged with English, Mathematics, ICT, History and Art. Outside the classroom, the girls develop their skills in geographical enquiry through studies of the local environment, visits to field centres and topic based activities on residential trips.