Geography

Geography is the what of where. It is vitally important for understanding the world around us. Geographers question the world and seek to understand it, they explain why things are where they are. No other subject at school links so many factors together as one.” (Francesca Carter)

Geographical knowledge is a basic requirement in enabling children to make sense not only of the world they experience first hand but the world that is brought into our homes and schools by a variety of media. Throughout the school, the study of Geography will seek to develop in pupils the following:

  • A sense of awe and wonder about the world around them.
  • A framework of knowledge about locations and places that will help them set local, national and international events within a geographical context.
  • An understanding of some of the characteristics of the earth’s physical systems – landforms, weather and climate, hydrological systems – and the interaction between those systems.
  • An understanding of some of the relationships between people and environments. A sense of place – what a place is like and what it might be like to live there.
  • An awareness and appreciation of the ethnic, cultural and economic diversity of human society.
  • Acquisition of the skills required for geographical enquiry including making and interpretation of maps, the use of information technology and the conduct of fieldwork.
  • An appreciation of the need for sustainable development.
  • A sensitivity to and understanding of the conflicts that can occur as a result of people’s differing uses of the environment

 

Independent Learning

In the Geography department pupils are encouraged to develop as independent learners from an early stage. As they progress through the school more emphasis is placed on working on their own initiative, making presentations to the class, selecting information from a variety of resources and starting to accept a level of responsibility for their own learning.

Fieldwork

Nothing can replace the value of fieldwork. When children experience the world around them first hand the subject of Geography becomes far more relevant and the topics they study in the classroom come alive. At Northbourne Park we are able to use our extensive school grounds and woodland areas as an excellent outdoor classroom. We also have annual field trips to the varied coastline around south east Kent – Kingsgate Bay, Deal, Samphire Hoe and St Margaret’s Bay. We have measured the speed of flow in the River Dour at Kearsney Abbey and have investigated land use and the effect of longshore drift at Rye in Sussex.

Cross Curricular

 A number of the skills and topics integral to the study of Geography also appear in other subject areas  e.g. production and interpretation of graphs (Maths), drawing of diagrams and observation skills (Art), the hydrological cycle, renewable energy etc. (Science),  the original location and development of settlements and industry (History), and internet research and use of ICT skills for presentation (ICT).  From Years 3 to 8, Geography is taught as a distinct subject, but we regularly explore these links with other curriculum areas.

Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?” Michael Palin 2007