Geography

A high-quality education in geography will inspire in the boys a curiosity and fascination about the world that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

We equip the boys with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with imparting to them a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

As the boys progress, their growing knowledge about the world will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and help them understand the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework that explains how the Earth's features are shaped and how they interconnect and change over time.

Curriculum

Our curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all boys develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics. We aim to understand how these provide a geographical context to help understand the processes that give rise to the key physical and human geographical features of the world. Building on this, we discover how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.

The boys are competent in the geographical skills needed to collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork. This deepens their understanding of geographical processes, and helps them to interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and geographical information systems (GIS).

Using these tools, the boys can than communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing reports.

                    Topics studied                                

 

Year 4

  • Our world
  • The United Kingdom
  • Europe
  • Africa

Year 5

  • Volcanoes and earthquakes
  • Weather
  • Climate
  • Map skills

Year 6

  • Meteorological processes
  • Ordnance Survey map work
  • Geomorphological processes
  • UK locations

These are ISEB Common Entrance topics.

Year 7

  • Transport and industry (Economic processes)
  • Tectonic processes
  • ISEB coursework (20% of examination)
  • Global locations

These are ISEB Common Entrance topics.

                                Year 8

  • Demographic processes (Population and settlement)
  • Revision of ISEB themes
  • 13+ examination preparation
  • Global locations

These are ISEB Common Entrance topics