We encourage our girls and boys to develop an understanding of the world, to take stock of how humans are affecting their environments and, equally, how people are increasingly affected by natural events.
From map reading skills to explaining physical and human features and processes, our pupils learn to interpret information at local, national and global levels. They can even predict consequences.
Through research and presentation, our pupils gradually form their own views on geographical issues. We draw on personal experiences, holiday adventures and current affairs as these often provide relevance and great insight in discussion and debates.
We enjoy exploring the wider world with trips focusing on settlement and coastal processes allowing plenty of time to practise fieldwork skills.
Find out what our geographers get up to in each year:
Learning to interpret and draw plans and maps using a key and compass points, using an atlas with particular reference to the British Isles, Europe, continents and oceans, fieldwork in the playground and at home e.g. drawing a bedroom plan and a treasure map.
Recognise how people can improve the environment or damage it, understand how decisions about places and environments affect the future quality of our lives through the topics of waste management and transport, identify opportunities for our own involvement e.g. walking or cycling instead of using the car, recycling and reusing items at home or in school.
Mapping continents and oceans, learning about world climates, investigating polar regions, visiting the Scott Polar Research Institute, studying hot deserts, finding out about the climate of Britain, studying types of weather, collecting data and practising the techniques involved in weather forecasting.
Three day residential expedition which involves extensive fieldwork in the grounds of the house and in the village of Burwell. Skills covered include finding one's way around an unfamiliar outdoor environment, orientating a map, using a compass, following and annotating a map of the village and simple orienteering.
Interpreting physical and political maps of Great Britain and Ireland and practising mapping skills.
Fieldwork on the River Snail at Fordham which includes calculating the depth of a river and its rate of flow and understanding the causes and consequences of flooding. Back at school pupils gain appreciation of how rivers affect human activity and vice versa, and how physical features and processes, e.g. erosion and deposition, create the character of a river.
Understanding the water cycle, thinking about the uses of water which includes conducting a survey, investigating the processes involved in the treatment of water and learning about water issues in developing countries.
Becoming aware that every settlement fits into a hierarchy according to its size and function, understanding why and how settlements change and realising that opinions towards such a change can vary considerably.
Identifying the location of the world's largest rainforests, describing the climate of an area of rainforest and its main features, finding out about the animal life and products of a rainforest, understanding how people affect this environment and recognising the value of managing it responsibly.
Learning about the location and physical features of coastal areas in the British Isles, processes such as erosion, the variety of sea defences available and related public opinion, e.g. debating costs involved. Case study at local level, i.e. within East Anglia, involves fieldwork on the beach and salt-marsh in Norfolk, with specific attention given to consideration of different opinions on maintaining sea defences at Brancaster. Further study to gain understanding of why people seek to manage coastal environments.
Learning about the location and physical features of mountain ranges in the world, how these are formed and how they are represented on maps. Case studies at national level - the Scottish Highlands, and at international level - volcanoes in St Lucia.
Gain understanding of environmental issues, such as individual carbon footprint and the management of large cities and pollution in the developing world.