We believe that Geography helps to provoke and answer questions about the natural and human worlds, encouraging children to develop a greater understanding of their world and their place within it. The subject helps develop a range of investigation and problem-solving skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and can also be used to promote each child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Within the Geography Department, we are passionate about helping children discover how the world works and how change, including our own actions, affects its fragile existence. We firmly believe in the importance of developing enquiring minds in children from an early age and through varied methods of teaching, children are encouraged to ask questions such as: Where is it? What is it like? How did it get like that? Who lives there? and How is it changing? Coupled with this, the children draw on their own personal experiences to bring more insight, interest and relevance to their studies. Children are encouraged to think for themselves and to formulate opinions, building a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Geography is taught as an independent subject from Year 3 upwards and by a subject specialist teacher in Years 5 to 8 where both Global Location knowledge and Ordnance Survey map work, two important life skills, are taught and these are complimented by a number of thematic studies including: earthquakes, volcanoes, weathering, erosion, rivers, coasts, weather and climate, economic and environmental geography.
The value of fieldwork is also integrated throughout Junior Prep and Senior Prep. Fieldwork utilises our extensive school grounds, local farms, villages and towns and even residential field trips away. Each fieldwork opportunity provides the children with first hand experience of the world around them. It is also an enriching and enjoyable way to consolidate concepts that have been introduced and learnt in the classroom.
The Geography department naturally supports and promotes the catholic values of the school by opening pupils’ eyes to the wider world and to respect all those who share it and that each of us are called to help look after and protect the world.