Icelanic volcano in Spring 2010
A very wise American politician by the name of Judy Martz, said ‘Everything has to do with Geography’. Whilst it may not be in the context of prep school Geography, the sentiment is very much adhered to. Geography is a wide ranging subject, not only in a worldly context, but across the curriculum, including elements of Science, Mathematics and History. This is how we try to teach the subject. Right from the start we want the children to start making sense of the world around them, whether it be in the school grounds or what has happened in Iceland recently.
As the children approach the senior part of the school, we hope the knowledge they have gained from their early years experiences will enable them to tackle the Common Entrance syllabus, which emphasises the wide ranging nature of this subject. The children need to study topics such as Environmental Issues, Plate Tectonics, Settlement, Weather and Climate and Geomorphological Processes. Allied to this is a necessity to use and understand Ordnance Survey maps. A truly wide range of topics.
Children engaged in fieldwork next to The Mere
Richard Burton, when speaking to the RGS, summed up Geography perfectly when he reportedly said, ‘If Geography itself has any significance it is that we are made to lift our eyes from our small provincial selves to the whole complex and magnificent world’. Very prophetic in modern times.