Geography is taught as a separate subject from age 8 and pupils are taught to understand the world around them.
Pupils learn about the physical environment:
- Coastal features
- Why the weather differs from season to season and from day to day. They learn why in some parts of the world there are earthquakes and volcanoes and in other parts of the world these disasters are uncommon.
Pupils learn about their human environment:
- Economic Activities, when they learn how industry functions in Less Economically Developed Countries by playing ‘The Jeans Game’.
- They learn the reasons for the siting of settlements and about the layout of cities.
Pupils learn about how man can damage the Earth’s fragile environment:
- Pupils learn about renewable and non renewable resources and learn about how man can manage the environment through the Three Rs (Reduce, Recycle and Reuse). They learn how National Parks enable some of our most beautiful areas of countryside to be preserved for recreation and they learn how to plan to improve shanty towns in cities in Less Economically Developed Countries.
- How clean drinking water cannot be taken for granted in Africa.
- How pollution of rivers can cause them to become biologically dead.
Throughout the school pupils learn how to use maps. They learn how to plan for walks and journeys and describe landscape by reading maps. They use atlases to extend their mental map.