Today's Geography is truly about a global sense of place and something at King's we aim to develop in our pupils. From climate change to migration or fair trade to natural disasters, throughout the first three years of Senior School and then on into GCSE and A Level stages we aim to make geographers who are informed, considerate, inquisitive and analytical.
We take advantage of our small class sizes and freedom to teach beyond the scope of the national curriculum to provide learning opportunities that extend beyond the confines of a classroom and bring their geography to the pupils. We see fieldwork as crucial to the effective teaching of geography and will provide a variety of field trips throughout all year groups ranging from trips to Cadbury World to learn about globalisation to mapping Gloucester or exploring a different landscape in Iceland.
Our active Geography Society provides guest speakers during the year to bring a new voice to the issues pupils are studying. The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme is led by a member of Geography staff enabling him to support pupils in gaining hands on practice with the theory they are learning. We also look at opportunities for pupils to be involved in geographic challenges beyond the classroom and participate in the Geographical Association Worldwise Quiz.
Geography is a subject that can be desirable to many employers as pupils will develop analytical and critical skills aside from cartographic skills and a spirit of enquiry. It certainly gives them a unique understanding of the physical and human world and means they appreciate the world beyond their own experience.
At King's we find learning Geography with us doesn't create pupils who can robotically list the capital cities of the world but creates individuals who are concerned about issues that affect not just their local area but communities and environments in other parts of the world.