Geography

Geography is all subjects rolled into one: science, history, music, language and maths. We work hard to inspire young people’s fascination with our amazing world, stimulating enquiry: why are things like they are and how is our world changing?

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Geography helps us make sense of our surroundings and the wider world in which we live. By exploring the independence of people, places and environments across the world and the development of the human environment, how the surface of the world was created and its effect on population, we aim to help our pupils:

  • Build their knowledge of their world and foster their sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around them.
  • Develop an informed concern about the quality and future of the human and natural environment.

Geography at Walhampton enriches pupils’ understanding through tangible experiences to gain a high degree of academic success and motivation. Pupils study a range of places, the physical processes that shape them and the people who live in them. As you would expect, we also make extensive use of our fantastic school grounds, along with the local area and travelling further for fieldwork and studies.

Geography Assessment

Pupils are assessed by their teacher, their peers and themselves. A range of techniques is used - written and oral, both informal and formal. Regular marking ensures pupils know what they have achieved and how they can improve their learning.

Geography Curriculum and Teaching

  • Years 1, 2, 3, 4: Geography is taught as a separate subject by class teachers.
  • Year 5: one 50-minute lesson per week, taught by a specialist teacher.
  • Years 6, 7, 8: two 50-minute lessons per week, taught by a specialist teacher.

Topics studied include maps, rivers, developing and developed countries, our local area, weather and climate, rainforests, conservation, Antarctica, farming, coastal processes, tectonic plates, settlement, weathering and industry. Our objectives are to:

  • Investigate physical, human and environmental features of the environment
  • Encourage children to ask geographical questions such as: Where is it? What is it like? How did it get like this? How will it change?
  • Develop and use geographical enquiry skills including the use of various sources such as their own knowledge and experiences, fieldwork, textbooks, photographs, newspapers, videos, DVD, maps, IT and the Internet

Geography Department staff

Simon Westerman Head of Department

Geography is taught in the Junior department by form teachers